Pinnacle Foods Group LLC is a leading packaged foods company headquartered in Mountain Lakes, New Jersey, owned by The Blackstone Group. Pinnacle Foods is a key player in the shelf stable and frozen food categories and their products can be found in more than 85% of American households. The company was founded in 1998 as Vlasic Foods International, acquiring the Swanson TV dinners, Open Pit and Vlasic Pickles brands from the Campbell Soup Company. In 2003, it acquired Aurora Foods, based in St. Louis, Missouri. The Blackstone Group bought Pinnacle Foods in 2007. In 2009, Pinnacle Foods acquired Birds Eye Foods, Inc. Aurora Foods was founded by Ian Wilson, a former executive with Coca-Cola and Dole, in 1995. Wilson used the company to purchase the Van de Kamp's seafood brand from Pillsbury and several other brands as the years progressed.
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