2 minute read - 18th October 2023
Pasta Evangelists opens UK’s largest pasta factory
Fresh pasta producer Pasta Evangelists has opened its first ever UK factory, becoming the nation’s largest pasta factory to date. Receiving over £13m investment, the new site in North Acton in London will become an exclusively fresh pasta and sauce facility, serving the brand’s rapid expansion across the UK. The company says opening the new factory will fulfil its commitment to offering restaurant-quality dishes with minimal fuss, introducing the authentic tastes of Italy to homes across the country.
Showcasing the treasured craftsmanship and artisan tradition of pasta-making, the 47,000 sq ft factory will produce a variety of pasta shapes, many of which have never been made in the UK before. 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. The factory will house state-of-the-art pasta-making machinery, ensuring the company is able to enhance the quality of its recipes, fostering its mission to redefine and elevate pasta in the UK.
The new facility will enable the production of over 50 tonnes of fresh pasta, over 90 tonnes of sauces and 15 tonnes of oven pasta each week. Pasta Evangelists has already served over one million customers across the UK and will employ between 60-70 people at the new site.
Alessandro Savelli, CEO of Pasta Evangelists, said: “We’re delighted to announce the launch of our first pasta factory in the UK, and we’re proud to say it will be the UK’s largest pasta factory to date. 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 Group, which bought Pasta Evangelists in January 2021, 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 fulfill the growing demand for restaurant-quality, fresh pasta dishes, bringing the best of Italian food to the UK.”