Philadelphia Macaroni Co. purchases Pasta USA

by Eric Schroeder
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PHILADELPHIA — Philadelphia Macaroni Co., a fifth generation grain-based food processing company, has acquired Pasta USA, a manufacturer of dry pasta products located in Spokane, Wash. Pasta USA markets products under its own labels, Italian Chef and Betty Baker retail pasta, and Earth & Life organic pasta. In addition the company produces boxed and packaged items as well as macaroni and cheese products for the private label and food service industry.

According to Philadelphia Macaroni, the addition of Pasta USA should help broaden product distribution across the United States.

"Pasta USA’s 53,000-square-foot production facility will be a tremendous asset to our expanding national customer focus," said Luke Marano Jr., president of Philadelphia Macaroni Co.

In addition to Pasta USA, Philadelphia Macaroni owns Conte Luna Foods and Minot Milling.

The company’s main industrial pasta division, Conte Luna Foods operates manufacturing facilities in Warminster, Pa., and Grand Forks, N.D. Conte Luna Foods and Pasta USA compete in the industrial ingredient marketplace with instant noodles, specialty shapes, long goods, and Individually Quick Frozen (IQF) pasta.

"The companies’ strengths include research and development and the flexibility to produce unique products for retail, private label, food service, and industrial food partners throughout the world," Philadelphia Macaroni said.

Located in Minot, N.D., Minot Milling processes premium durum and hard red spring wheat flour for the pasta and bread industries. The company produces more than 8,000 cwts of durum and 6,000 cwts of hard red spring wheat daily.

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