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Pasta Rummo: Made in Italy that doesn’t like haste

To produce quality products, one must not be in a hurry. Pasta Rummo, which has made the praise of slowness its motto and has been producing pasta in Benevento for almost two centuries, combining tradition and innovation without ever letting itself be defeated by difficulties, knows this well.

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If it is true that Rome was not made in a day, even a good plate of pasta does not like haste because Pe’ fa’ ‘e cose bone ce vo’ tiemp’ (it takes time to make good things), as the motto of Pasta Rummo, the historic pasta factory in Benevento and a Made in Italy excellence with almost two centuries of activity, states.

Its history began in 1846 when Antonio Rummo built the first mill along the Calore River and a second mill on the Sabato River in 1860 to make quality fresh pasta from durum wheat semolina. The company’s three horses, Bruto, Bello and Boiardi, transport the grain from Puglia and Campania to the mill. And so, step by step, the company grew until, in 1935, it became a joint-stock company and moved its headquarters to Via dei Mulini.

Quality, tradition and innovation: the recipe for success

1991 marked a significant change for the company because Rummo decided to discontinue the mills and concentrate only on pasta production. In the same year, the new pasta factory in Contrada Ponte Valentino was opened.

The company’s success is the result of a skilful mix of tradition and innovation. In 2005, ‘Rummo Lenta Lavorazione’, a production method inspired by tradition, was launched, while in 2010, the company won the ‘Innovazione Amica dell’Ambiente‘ award from Legambiente for having reduced CO2 emissions by 30% with the implementation of a trigeneration plant.

In 2010, together with three other Italian companies, Rummo received the Leonardo Qualità Italia award from the President of the Republic, Giorgio Napolitano, for quality product innovation combined with a solid international, commercial and production vocation.

October 2015: #SaveRummo

While working on the production of new types of wholemeal and organic pasta, the company, unfortunately, made headlines in October 2015 when a severe flood caused by the overflowing of the Calore River submerged and severely damaged the pasta factory, bringing the entire production to a halt and jeopardising 160 jobs. It was then that the spontaneous #SaveRummo solidarity campaign started on social media. It soon went viral, prompting the entire web to mobilise with fundraisers and petitions asking individuals and schools to buy Rummo products. On that occasion, dozens of volunteers helped shovel mud so the pasta factory could restart, and thousands of families all over Italy bought only Rummo pasta for months.

Over 175 years of Italian pasta

In 2020, Rummo launched its wholemeal pasta made from 100% Italian wheat. In 2021, to mark the company’s 175th anniversary, the Ministry of Economic Development issued a postage stamp with a Poste Italiane cancellation to celebrate the pasta factory’s success.

Today, Rummo is led by Cosimo Rummo, born in 1954, who represents the fifth generation of the Rummo family, and at his side as vice-president is his son Antonio. The company has two factories that produce thousands of tons of pasta annually, and it sells in Italy, 45 countries and five continents.

Congratulations to those who bring Italian pasta to the world!

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