Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

February 11, 2015 10:25 ET

Harper Government Invests in Pasta Processing Industry

BRAMPTON, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Feb. 11, 2015) -

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Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz today announced an investment of $3.4M for Italpasta Limited to assist in the purchase and installation of pasta packaging and production equipment required for the manufacture of Macaroni and Cheese and long goods.

This investment under the Growing Forward 2 (GF 2) framework will enable the company to become a leader in the production of macaroni and cheese products and provide more retailers with made-in-Canada pasta products. It is also expected to create eight full-time jobs and increase the demand for locally-produced semolina and cheese.

Quick Facts

  • Created in 1989, Italpasta is a Brampton, Ontario-based dry pasta manufacturer with 200 employees, that manufactures a variety of long (e.g. spaghetti, linguine and fettuccine) and short (e.g. macaroni) pasta products.
  • The domestic dry pasta industry generates over $600 million in revenue per year, and in 2013, its exports were valued at $125 million. (Source: MISB, Food Industry Division)
  • This contribution is made through the AgriInnovation Program, a five-year, up to $698 million initiative under the Growing Forward 2 policy framework.

Quotes

"Our Government is proud to support the implementation of innovative processes that help agri-businesses gain market share. The expansion of Italpasta Limited will increase demand for inputs sourced from Canadian farmers, improving our producers' bottom lines and growing our overall economy."

  • Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz

"Italpasta, has been manufacturing premium pasta for Canadian consumers since the company was founded in 1989 with just 10 staff. With continued market leadership, innovation and a dedicated team, Italpasta has grown to over 220 employees and today boasts sales across North America. Italpasta in partnership with the Government of Canada through an investment from the AgriInnovation Program, will shortly introduce a new line of exciting pasta products that will feature Canadian cheese."

  • Joseph Vitale, Founder, Italpasta limited

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  • Jeff English
    Director of Communications
    Office of the Honourable Gerry Ritz
    613-773-1059

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