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This classic is named after the shape that has brought smiles to kids’ mouths for half a century. With 125 millions cans sold each year, it’s no surprise this simple, affordable pasta dish has been a family favorite for four generations of Americans.

We make 12 different flavors of SpaghettiOs, but our top three flavors are Original, Meatballs and Sliced Franks. SpaghettiOs have no artificial flavors.

Key Ingredients

Pasta ‘O’s

The Os are made from durum and spring wheat which is ideal for pasta as it’s a ‘hard’ wheat and holds its shape. The flour is enriched with essential nutrients: niacin, ferrous sulfate (iron), thiamine mononitrate (vitamin B1), riboflavin (vitamin B2) and folic acid (one of the B vitamins). MicrOs have added calcium and vitamin D.

Tomato puree

Our tomatoes are mainly grown in California by family farmers, some who have grown for us for generations. The ripe tomatoes are harvested and immediately transported to our plants to be washed, steam-peeled and pureed.

Enzyme modified cheese

We use cheese which has been specially processed using enzymes to increase the flavor. Most of the enzyme modified cheese we use is made in Wisconsin. It also contains rennet, an enzyme which is essential to making the cheese hard. The rennet we use is derived from animals.

Vegetable oil

The oils we use may come from corn, canola and/or soybean as we use different oils depending on the season and availability. No matter which oil is used, we ensure the taste of the product doesn't change. The oils we use are considered "good oils" as they contain high amounts of unsaturated fats.

Protein

Our meatballs are made using pork and beef. Our sliced franks are a mix of pork, beef, chicken and natural flavors. The chicken is mechanically separated, which means machines are used to separate meat from the bone.

INGREDIENTS FOR FLAVOR & TEXTURE


We use a selection of ingredients to make each mouthful taste and feel great. Here are some examples. If the ingredient you want to know more about is not here, visit our ingredients page.

Citric acid

Citric acid occurs naturally in citrus fruits and tomatoes and can add a sharp or tart flavor. It is commonly used to control the acidity of shelf stable products. The citric acid we use is made from either sugar or corn.

High fructose corn syrup

A liquid sweetener made from corn starch. It is nutritionally the same as sugar, and similar in composition to table sugar.

Natural flavors

A common term for flavors which give products their distinctive tastes. Natural flavors, oils or extracts can be derived from a wide range of foods – beef, chicken, seafood, fruits, vegetables and herbs. If a natural flavor contains one of the eight top allergens we include this in the ingredients list on the product label. We choose natural flavors in order to avoid using artificial flavors.

Salt

Table salt or sodium chloride adds seasoning to our products. It is one type of salt we use. Another is potassium chloride, which adds seasoning without adding sodium.
Nutritional Information

One serving of SpaghettiOs meets the FDA’s and USDA’s guidelines for a healthy kids entrée

Provides one of the five recommended daily servings of vegetables
Provides a good source (10% or more) of positive nutrients such as fiber or Vitamin A
Is low in fat and saturated fat

GENETICALLY MODIFIED INGREDIENTS


In America, approximately 90% of all canola, corn, soybean and sugar beet crops are grown from genetically modified seeds. Farmers have been using these seeds for more than 20 years as they are safe, reduce costs and improve yields.

Some ingredients used in SpaghettiOs may be derived from these crops.  These include:

Canola

- vegetable oil. This can be made from corn, canola, soybean, and/or cottonseed.

Corn

- high fructose corn syrup

Sugar beet

- citric acid

Non-GMO Ingredients

All other ingredients including tomatoes and wheat are not genetically modified.

WHO MAKES AND GROWS THE ‘O’s

 

We buy many of our ingredients from farmers in America and Canada. More than 75% of the produce we buy is from the U.S. – that’s around 2.5 billion pounds a year.

For example, our vegetable oil is from canola and corn crops grown in places like the mid-West and Canada and our beef is mainly from cows raised in Texas.

We make and package our canned SpaghettiOs products in Ohio, Texas, North Carolina and Toronto, Canada.

We employ around 4,000 people at the locations where we make our products.

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PACKAGING

Steel cans are among the safest, most convenient, affordable and environmentally sustainable forms of packaging. The steel cans we use are recyclable and contain 30% recycled steel.

Our cans are coated on the inside with a thin layer of plastic to separate the food from the metal. This keeps the food safe and preserves its nutritional value. The lining we currently use contains a substance called bisphenol A or BPA.

In March 2016, we announced plans to transition to non-BPA can linings and coatings and started shipping cans with linings made from acrylic or polyester. We expect this transition to be complete by mid-2017.

We are making this move in response to consumer feedback. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and many other regulatory agencies around the world have said that BPA is safe to use in packaging.

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Meet The-O

SpaghettiOs pasta are so famous, they have their own mascot, The-O. He was born in 1992 and his favorite color is orange.

SpaghettiOs were invented in 1965 by a man named Donald Goerke who was challenged to come up with a pasta dish that kids could eat easily with a spoon. He tried all sorts of shapes before deciding on the O and so became the DaddyO of SpaghettiOs.

The popular jingle, Uh Oh, SpaghettiOs!  was sung in commercials by rocker Jimmie Rodgers, whose 1950s hit Oh-Oh I’m Falling in Love Again inspired the song.