In this article, we are going to talk about the 5 most popular Italian pasta brands worldwide, as the food section cannot fail to include one of the most typical products of our country, the symbol of Italy itself. Pasta represents innovation and tradition, history and flavor, and is the most exported product in the world. There are about two hundred drawing machines and over a hundred pasta factories. Campania, Emilia Romagna and Veneto are on top of the table of the main Italian pasta producers.
Like the United Kingdom is known for fish and chips, the States for its hamburgers and Germany for its sausages, Italy is famous for pasta. The average Italian eats about twenty-six kilos of pasta every year and is present on the tables of families all around the world.
Top of the list there’s Barilla. The company was founded by Pietro Barilla in 1877 as a bakery in Parma, Italy. The company keeps being run by his descendants: the three brothers Guido, Luca and Paolo Barilla.
Barilla Pasta produces many types of pasta and is the biggest pasta producer in the world (40-45% of the Italian market and 25% of the US market). Barilla produces many types of pasta in several sizes. Moreover, it is the biggest seller of baked goods in Italy, (also because of the acquisition of the Swedish company Wasa) and is the world’s foremost manufacturer of flatbread (over 60.000 tons per year). The company markets its pasta in the United States and the wheat it uses is mainly local.
Barilla Pasta has several facilities around the world: in Italy, Greece, France, Germany, Norway, Russia, Sweden, Turkey, Mexico and the States (in Ames, Iowa and Avon, New York). The company also has mills in Italy, Greece, Sweden, Turkey and in the United States. The headquarters are in Parma, but it has offices in several other countries, such as Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Greece, the Netherlands, Poland, Russia, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, the States, Mexico, Brazil, Australia and Japan.
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Number two on the list is De Cecco, which was founded in 1886 by the brothers De Cecco in the small town of Fara San Martino, in Abruzzi (central Italy). Nicola De Cecco initially used to produce wheat in his stone mill before he founded the factory.
In 1908 De Cecco Pasta adopted as its logo a girl carrying some stacks of wheat. After World War II the factory was rebuilt after its destruction due to the German bombardment. In 1950 a new factory was built to meet the growing demand in the post-war period. In the ’80s, in Fara San Martino a new production site was built, which doubled the production.
In 1986 the company started diversification of its supply, creating its brand of olive oil. Nowadays De Cecco sells sauces, cereals and tomato based products.
De Cecco Pasta is currently the third pasta producer in the world. Among the most important range of products, we have De Cecco Spaghetti. They are so versatile that they can be served with any seasoning, from fish to meat, from vegetables to cheese, but they are also great to taste in white seasoned only with extra virgin olive oil and a sprinkling of Parmesan.
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Since 1890 Divella produces high-quality durum-wheat. Its story started when Francesco Divella obtained his first mill to make wheat in Rutigliano, a small town near Bari. Through the years the hard work of several generations paid off and the company kept expanding in the international markets. Nowadays the fourth generation leads the company, and Divella keeps stressing the importance of tradition in the production of high-quality pasta.
Divella produces a wide variety of pasta; it currently exports its products to about 30 countries and offers a service of production of labels. Since 1890, when the first Divella mill was built, the company carries out quality controls and accurate selection of raw materials. Great attention is paid to the safety and health of the consumer, to social responsibilities and to the environment as well.
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The history of Garofalo Pasta is the history of Gragnano. Garofalo Pasta products are the result of the old art of manufacturing pasta, and the highest quality standards are maintained through regular controls both of the raw material and of the final product, also with the help of cutting-edge technologies.
This pasta stands out for its quality and flavor, and even for the peculiar packaging, which is transparent. Transparency is an important value for the company, which doesn’t hide the use of the most modern machinery. The packaging is transparent on the sides too, making small imperfections and pieces of broken pasta visible, unlike most other brands.
The idea behind this is wanting to be still like those artisans who made pasta before us and would have loved to have the machinery to make their work easier and their products even better. Excellent with every Italian dishes.
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Last but not least is Rummo, a small pasta factory in Benevento (central Italy), one of the few that still use the old, slow-processing method for making pasta.
Pasta Rummo uses a slow and delicate mixing phase between semolina and water, in a union of miraculous elasticity. In addition, the extrusion with special bronze dies gives the dough a unique texture and a rough dough, able to transform the dishes from “good” to “delicious”.
The result of this choice is products of excellent quality, that stand out for their flavor and properties. Excellent with every Italian pasta recipes. Nowadays, after 170 years, the old factory via Dei Mulini has become a piece of the history of Benevento, a relic of an ancient tradition. Thanks to this tradition and to six generations of experience, today Rummo Lenta Lavorazione® is one of the finest pasta brands in Italy.
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