Joe Perrino, who worked in his dad's Home Run Inn as a youth, is responsible for the explosive growth of its frozen pizza line since taking over the company in 1990. He opened a new
plant in 1995 just as a major competitor entered the market with a big promotional effort, igniting a price war. But after one tough year of declining sales, Home Run Inn regained its footing and took
The brand is also popular in a few other markets, such as Denver. U.S. sales through conventional grocery channels were $46.1 million last year, up 16.5% over the previous year, according to Information Resources Inc., making it the fastest growing of the nation's top 10 frozen pizza makers. Coming next month: single-serving frozen pasta offerings in four varieties.