Pasta Foods has a comprehensive range of facilities to meet your development needs. Whether it is for a range extension, a new product introduction or a very innovative concept we are able to provide a fast and flexible response. We can call on an extensive range of shapes that we hold in stock. For innovation, our experienced team use our pilot plant to try out ideas before moving them rapidly to factory trial scale.
When you are looking for a new pasta development, you will be interested in new shapes and in new methods of preparation; retorting, cooking, quick preparation or instant. We utilise our knowledge of pasta technology and our experience as a manufacturer to see whether a match for your requirements can be provided from our current portfolio. We have dies to manufacture about 200 shapes and offer pasta suited to a wide range of cooking conditions and times, including our instant product, Pasta Rapido. Our customer-oriented development team is continually working on project briefs offering innovation and science to deliver new products. This may be quick cook pasta, low moisture pasta, egg pasta, instant pasta, theme shape innovation or die design - we have considerable expertise in die design for new pastas such as themed shapes and in adapting copyrighted cartoon or film characters. If we cannot supply your needs from our standard stock, our development team will utilize the fully equipped pilot plant to prepare a sample for you. We can then move through the first factory trial to on-going production.
We offer a comprehensive and technical service to our customers to ensure that the pasta performs in all aspects. Technology is paramount to our business; with NPD and quality initiatives key to our success.
Although Pasta Foods has a wide range of snack pellets in its portfolio, the resources of our Development team are to hand if you need something that is not readily available ‘off the shelf’. Our team is continuously working on new and innovative methods and materials to develop products for the future.
As the drive toward healthier products continues, Pasta Foods is at the forefront of product development that is eminently suitable for expansion in Hot Air. Whether you have a Cretors or a Torbed, we have developed products that are ideally suited to either type of equipment. Our belief is that ‘very low fat’ products will emerge as consumer demand increases, to form part of the main stream offering, alongside traditional products.
We have expertise in designing shapes for snacks to give visual appeal, texture and variety. We have developed shapes for dipping, themed shapes and 3-dimensional shapes in a variety of textures and surface appearances. Our natural colour systems can give snack products bright vibrant colours, or softer, muted colours as required by the customer. In doing so, we aim to satisfy all age ranges within our market places; from toddlers to the more mature markets.
Snack texture is probably the area that receives most attention in the development of a new product. While formulation plays a large role in controlling product texture, we have perfected a number of process controls that give us even more flexibility to deliver the texture you want.
Bag fill is important to snack producers in all markets. We have designed certain shapes to give a low bulk density, and hence a good level of bag fill for a given pellet weight. Further control over bulk density is offered through formulation and process control.
Our experience of worldwide markets has shown that different countries have different flavour profile and texture expectations. We take care in sourcing ingredients to select those that give the flavour profile that is desired and we enhance this through our formulation expertise. We have been exploring the use of vegetable powders, lentils, other pulses and cereal ingredients to offer a wide range of distinct flavours.
We understand that developing new products is often a process that may require many steps and much attention to detail over many months. Pasta Foods assures you that our attention to detail and our policy of open and continuous communication with you, our customer is at the top of our agenda. We will always listen to your needs and act upon them, at every turn.