US: Unilever sells US pasta factory to Philadelphia Macaroni Co.

By Hannah Abdulla | 16 January 2014

Unilever has sold its Pennsylvania pasta factory to the Philadelphia Macaroni Company

Unilever has sold its Pennsylvania pasta factory to the Philadelphia Macaroni Company

Pasta maker Philadelphia Macaroni Company has acquired a US pasta factory from Unilever.

Under the terms of the purchase agreement the Pennsylvania-based facility will transition to Philadelphia Macaroni in the first quarter of 2014. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Currently, the site manufactures pasta for the Knorr Pasta Sides and Lipton Soup Secrets products. The Harrisburg plant will continue to supply pasta to Unilever's North America dry soups and sides businesses under a long-term supply agreement. 

All 50 staff at the facility will be offered positions with Philadelphia Macaroni, a company spokesperson told just-food.

Luke Marano, Jr., Philadelphia Macaroni president, said: "This facility, complemented with its dedicated and professional workforce, is a valuable asset critical to the future development, growth and success of Philadelphia Macaroni Company. The long-term Unilever supply agreement will allow this facility to continue its evolution as a best-in-class source of pasta ingredients."

Philadelphia Macaroni Company manufactures dry, frozen and speciality pasta for industrial, institutional, and contract retail customers.

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Philadelphia Macaroni Company, one of the country’s oldest and largest industrial pasta manufacturers, today has agreed to acquire Unilever’s pasta facility located in Harrisburg, PA. Under the terms of the purchase agreement the Unilever facility will transition to Philadelphia Macaroni in the first quarter of 2014. The Harrisburg plant will continue to fulfill Unilever’s pasta requirements for its North America dry soups and sides business under a long-term supply agreement. Terms of the sale agreement were not disclosed.

The Unilever-Harrisburg facility manufactures pasta for the Knorr® Pasta Sides and Lipton® Soup Secrets. Knorr® and Lipton® are both internationally recognized brands.

Unilever-Harrisburg’s approximately 50 skilled employees will be offered positions with Philadelphia Macaroni. Luke Marano, Jr., Philadelphia Macaroni President, stated, “The Harrisburg plant was recently updated with state-of-the-art manufacturing equipment. This facility, complemented with its dedicated and professional workforce, is a valuable asset critical to the future development, growth and success of Philadelphia Macaroni Company.” Marano emphasized, “The long-term Unilever supply agreement will allow this facility to continue its evolution as a best-in-class source of pasta ingredients.”

Company Description Philadelphia Macaroni Company manufactures dry, frozen and specialty pasta for industrial, institutional, and contract retail customers. Through its pasta factories located in Pennsylvania, North Dakota, and Washington, the company produces and distributes pasta to an international customer base.

The company also mills durum and hard red spring wheat for internal use as well as for sale on the open market through its division, Minot Milling Company located in North Dakota. All pasta and milling facilities are Kosher and Organic Certified. Incorporated in 1914, the company is a 5th generation family-owned business headquartered in Philadelphia, PA and employs over 200 workers across the country.

Original source: Philadelphia Macaroni Co

Sectors: Commodities & ingredients, Dried foods

Companies: Unilever, Knorr

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