Jeno Paulucci, Pizza Roll Inventor, Dies at 93

""IndustryLeadersMagazine.com reports, “Jeno Paulucci, inventor of the pizza roll, past away on Thursday at the age of 93. The food magnate dies just four days after his wife, Lois. The cause of death was renal and coronary failure. Paulucci is survived by his daughter Gina, his son, Michael; another daughter, Cindy Selton; four grandchildren; and many great-grandchildren.”

“Paulucci was a pioneer of ready-made foods. His first successful product was Chun King, a line of Chinese canned food featuring chow mein, bean sprouts and other Asian vegetables, in 1944. Chun King eventually became a mainstay in postwar America. In 1957, Mr. Paulucci patented the Divider-Pak, packaging that keeps the food separate from its sauce, which is still being used today in many Asian-themed ready-made foods. Paulucci then sold Chun King to R. J. Reynolds for $63 million in 1966.”