The American Italian Pasta Company has announced a strategic alliance with World Finer Foods, the owners of the DaVinci brand of Italian food products, including the top selling imported pasta brand in the US.

Under the deal, announced at the American Italian Pasta Company's annual shareholder meeting,  American Italian Pasta Company (AIPC) will become the supplier of the imported DaVinci pasta brand.

World Finer Foods (WFF) will become the exclusive distributor of AIPC's portfolio of specialty and natural pastas, including the Eddie's and Mrs. Leeper's Brands, through its distribution network.

AIPC is the largest producer and marketer of dry pasta in the US, and plans to leverage its extensive direct customer relationships to help expand the distribution of DaVinci branded pasta in the US.

"DaVinci is the market leader for real Italian imported pasta into the US by a wide margin," said Dan Trott, president of sales and executive vice president of marketing for American Italian Pasta Co. "We are confident that this Strategic Alliance will benefit both companies with increased pasta sales and profits in the years to come."

AIPC will begin supplying part of the DaVinci import volume in April 2005. AIPC will make the pasta at its Pasta Lensi operation in Northern Italy.