Barilla Plus pasta has value as alternate meat, bread

by Eric Schroeder
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BANNOCKBURN, ILL. — Barilla America announced its Barilla Plus multi-grain pasta may be served as both a meat alternate and bread alternate to children participating in the National School Lunch Program, making it the first pasta to contribute both to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s menu planning requirements.

The pasta was approved by the Food and Nutrition Service of the U.S.D.A., which said the pasta’s protein-rich mixture of lentils, chick peas and egg whites contribute 1 oz of meat alternate and 2 servings of bread alternate in the federally-reimbursed food service programs.

"Barilla is committed to providing children with high-quality foods that provide balanced nutrition," said Catherine Terry, food service brand manager for Barilla America.

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