Blog: Barilla eyeing 3D printing
Katy Askew | 23 December 2014
Pasta maker Barilla has joined the likes of Hershey in investigating the uses of 3D printing in the food sector.
The Italian company, in collaboration with crowd sourcing platform Thingarage, has announced the winners of a competition to design pasta shapes using 3D printing technology.
More than 200 design concepts were submitted. The winning entries included a rose that opens when boiled, designed by French industrial designer Loris Tupin; Vortipa, a vortex pattern by Italian design team Danilo Spiga and Luis Fraguarda; and Lune, a moon complete with craters by Alessandro Carabini, an Italian product designer.
While we are unlikely to see pastas made using 3D technology hitting the shelves any time soon, activities like this are an important element in efforts to build bridges between the food sector and proponents of new technologies such as 3D printing.
"We were thrilled to see the enthusiasm with which the contest was greeted by the designer community, which is not used to dealing with food. There are several steps that must be taken on the 3D project - but whatever the future of pasta, Barilla is going to be there," said Michela Petronio, research VP at Barilla.
Danone completed its US$12.5bn acquisition of WhiteWave Foods this week. The move will roughly double Danone's presence in North America, where WhiteWave is a top four dairy player. ...
Premier Foods plc revealed today (28 March) it has secured a deal with its pension scheme trustees that will see the UK food maker reduce its pension burden....
Hain Celestial, under the scrutiny of the investment community in recent months and facing some challenges in its domestic market, has announced another shuffling of its management pack....
FrieslandCampina, which today served up higher profits but lower sales for 2016, is ready to offload the last non-dairy business owned by the Dutch cooperative giant....
- Danone's Q1: four things to learn
- Who will buy Danone's Stonyfield business?
- Column: Why snacking is the new meal
- Nestle Q1 update: four things to learn
- Interview: Sir Kensington's on sale to Unilever
- Tyson shops Sara Lee bakery, Kettle and Van's
- Nestle to cut UK confectionery jobs
- Tyson to buy burger-to-entree firm AdvancePierre
- PepsiCo affirms full-year target as Q1 hits mark
- Icelandic to sell Saucy Fish Co. owner Seachill