The production process for making dry pasta is extremely simple: all that is required is two basic raw materials; semolina and water.
The simplicity of materials allows us to have a low impact on the environment; the only emission is steam generated during the drying process which is completely non-polluting. The only discharge from the company is clean water used during the cooling process for the pasta.
While the process is environmentally friendly, we have striven to achieve even more efficiencies in other aspects of greater difficulty such as energy consumption.
Indeed in 2000 we equipped the plant with a cogeneration system consisting of a gas-fired engine, which can produce 1 megawatt/hour of electricity and recovers the heat energy used during the drying process. We have achieved a significant reduction in energy consumed and cut our carbon footprint greatly.
Plans have been drawn up to install a solar power system to meet part of our energy requirements with a renewable energy source.
Concerning packaging, we are acutely aware of the need to recycle. The company has worked hard to develop packaging that is environmentally friendly. We are working closely with CONAI in Italy and ECOEMBALLAGE in France to reach this goal.