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Barilla Group

Barilla S.p.A. (''Barilla G. e R. Fratelli Società per Azioni'') is a major Italian and European food company founded in 1877 in Parma, Italy by Pietro Barilla. The company is privately held, and remains in the fourth generation of Barilla family ownership and control through three brothers, Chairman Guido Barilla and Vice Chairmen Luca and Paolo Barilla.

It controls Barilla (multinational pasta maker), Mulino Bianco, Pavesi, Voiello, Alixir and Academia Barilla (Italy), Wasabröd (Sweden), Misko (Greece), Filiz (Turkey), Yemina and Vesta (Mexico) trademarks.

Barilla Pasta produces several kinds of pasta and it is the world's leading pasta maker with 40-45% of the Italian market and 25% of the US market. Barilla produces 4000 tons of dried pasta annually in over 120 shapes and sizes. It is also the leading seller of bakery products in Italy. Through its acquisition of the Swedish company Wasa, it is the world's leading producer of flatbread (a Scandinavian staple), selling 60,000 tons annually.

They have several plants in Italy (including the major ones in Parma and Foggia), one in Greece and two in the United States (in Ames, Iowa and Avon, New York).

Italian race car driver Alex Zanardi has had a relationship with the group for the last several years.

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