Barilla opens new Pasta Sauce Factory in Italy

08 October, 2012

Barilla opens new Pasta Sauce Factory in Italy with Prime Minister Mario Monti

The world leader in pasta opens a dedicated production facility for pasta sauces, investing more than €40 million in its core business.
Barilla today officially opened its new pasta sauce production facility in Rubbiano di Solignano, near Parma, in a ceremony attended by Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti and the Barilla family. Despite the challenging economic climate, Barilla is demonstrating its strong ties and commitment to Italy and the country’s so-called “Food Valley”.

The new plant opening marks an important strategic step: after 40 years in which its sauces were produced with external partners, a plant dedicated to the principal accompaniment to pasta underlines the company’s desire to concentrate on its core business. Barilla wants to focus its resources on the growth of the Italian pasta dish throughout the world and of its branded bakery products in Italy and Europe.

The factory, which at full capacity will employ 120 people, produces 35,000 tons of sauces per year and has the potential production capacity of 60,000 tons. The tomatoes and basil, the main raw materials used for the sauces, are 100% Italian.

"The Rubbiano sauces plant is an example of an investment in quality in Italy with an international outlook,” said Guido Barilla, Chairman of Barilla Group. “While on the one hand, the ingredients, the recipes and the technology are Italian, the goal is to grow on foreign markets, taking the authentic Italian cuisine all over the world.”

The factory will produce 150 tons of tomato-based sauces and 50 tons of pesto-based sauces. The color and characteristics of freshness and avor are maintained through the use of advanced technology. In total, the factory will produce 24 different Barilla recipes.

The plant was designed according to the highest technological standards by a team of Barilla engineers and will be one of the most productive sauce plants in the world. In line with Barilla’s commitment to environmental sustainability, the site will produce 32% less CO2 and consume 47% less water than average sauce plants.

Guido Barilla concluded: “This factory stands at the forefront of design and technology. We are very proud of this result and would like to thank all the people for the hard work that has made today’s opening ceremony possible”.

About the Barilla Group

Barilla was established in Parma in 1877, when Pietro Barilla opened a small bread and pasta shop. Today, the company ranks as one of the leading Italian food groups. Barilla leads in the global pasta business, the pasta sauce business in continental Europe, the bakery products business in Italy and the crispbread business in Scandinavia. For almost 140 years, the company has been run by an Italian family that now, under the leadership of the brothers, Guido, Luca and Paolo, has reached its fourth generation.

Barilla makes products that are at the heart of the Mediterranean nutritional model, universally recognized for its great taste and positive long-term impact on health. Thanks to the best selection of durum wheat and state-of-the-art technology, Barilla delivers pasta “al dente” and pasta sauces to millions of people around the world.

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