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Divella: 130 years of pasta, 130 years of Made in Italy

Today, we are talking about pasta, a pre-eminently Made in Italy product, to discover one of the oldest producers of this food.

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Is there anything more ‘Made in Italy’ than pasta? Probably not, and so today we are talking about pasta. To be more specific, about pasta and Apulia, to discover one of the oldest producers of this food, a sort of flagship of Italy.

We are talking, in particular, about the historic pasta factory F. Divella Spa, an outstanding Made in Italy company with 133 years of experience.

In the beginning, there was a mill

Divella’s history began back in 1890 when Francesco Divella built a mill in Rutigliano (BA), an agricultural centre famous for its wheat fields. Pasta production, however, began later, between the 1910s and 1920s, and to expand it, a second mill was built in Noicottaro (BA) in 1925.

Darkness and light

After the dark years of the World Wars – that, however, saw production growth – Italians’ eating habits changed, and industrial pasta production in the Bel Paese boomed.

From the 1960s onwards, the Apulian pasta factory also began to market its products abroad.

Constantly searching for the best grain blends, Divella was among the first major Italian pasta manufacturers to write the origin of the wheat on its pasta packages and certify the quality of its products.

2020 marked the 130 anniversary of the company, and the Ministry of Economic Development recognised this important milestone with a commemorative stamp. But that’s not all: in 2022, F. Divella S.p.A was entered in the register of Italian historical brands of national interest!

Modernity and tradition

Today, Divella is a food group led by Vincenzo Divella, CEO, and Matteo Solimando, chairman of the board of directors. Its mills grind 1,200 tonnes of durum wheat and 400 tonnes of soft wheat daily, while the pasta factory produces around 1,000 tonnes of dry pasta and 35 tonnes of fresh pasta every day. The company not only produces tonnes of durum wheat pasta, fresh pasta, and biscuits but also exports them to Europe and America, making hundreds of millions of euros.

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