Following a £13m investment, the Barilla Group owned brand, Pasta Evangelists, has unveiled its first UK-based facility, which will be dedicated to fresh pasta and sauce production.
The announcement comes as the brand expands rapidly across the UK, with the official opening of the factory held earlier this month.
Located in North Acton in London, the site is an impressive 47,000 sqft and is home to ‘state-of-the-art’ pasta-making machinery from the Italian manufacturer Italgi.
Alongside more traditional fresh pasta varieties, the Pasta Evangelists factory will produce more unique varieties including ‘porcupine ravioli’ (crestoni), corzetti, anolini, saccottini, busiate, lingotti, and even ‘pasta dragons’ which went viral on the brand’s TikTok earlier this year.
The opening of this new site will enable more than 50 tonnes of fresh pasta, over 90 tonnes of sauces and 15 tonnes of oven pasta to be produced every week. It will also see the creation of new jobs, employing around 60-70 people.
Alessandro Savelli, CEO of Pasta Evangelists, said he was delighted over the UK factory opening.
“We’re proud to say it will be the UK’s largest pasta factory to date,” he commented. “The launch comes after years of planning and innovation, as we aim to expand our pasta offering to thousands of consumers across the UK.
“Utilising the latest technology and machinery will help us on our mission to experiment with new flavours, high-quality seasonal ingredients and a variety of pasta shapes to expand our growing pasta portfolio.”
Gianluca di Tondo, CEO of Barilla, added: "The demand for freshly made, premium pasta has dramatically grown over the last decade, and we want to take consumers on a journey of taste exploration and discovery. We believe the new Pasta Evangelists factory will fulfil the growing demand for restaurant-quality, fresh pasta dishes, bringing the best of Italian food to the UK.”