American Italian Pasta Company, also known as AIPC, is one of the leading producers of dry pasta in North America. It provides pasta and noodles to the retail food distribution market under a variety of private-label programs. The company also serves the food service industry, including restaurants and cafeterias, schools, grocery retailers, mass merchandisers and membership warehouse clubs. Founded in 1988, American Italian Pasta Company manufactures products under the Mueller's, Golden Grain, Heartland, Anthony's, R&F, Ronco, Luxury, Martha Gooch, Pennsylvania Dutch and Mrs. Grass brands. The company has four plants located in Excelsior Springs, Mo., Columbia, S.C., Tolleson, Ariz., and Verolanuova, Italy. American Italian Pasta Company has more than 600 employees.