Each October, we celebrate National Pasta Month. During this time, the National Pasta Association and its communications program, Share the Pasta, focus our attention on the heritage, joys, and healthy benefits of enjoying of pasta.
To share the joy of pasta, we want to provide historical context for pasta’s uncertain origins. Some argue the Roman poet Horace was the first to write about pasta, mentioning the word “laganum” which is a possible ancestor of today’s lasagna. There is the idea that Marco Polo introduced Asian noodles to Italy in 1296. However, proof of dried pasta was found in Italy in the year 800. During the 800s Muslim occupation, Sicilians learned how to improve their pasta manufacturing and drying techniques. By the 1100s, pasta made on the island was exported to mainland Italy and parts of Europe.
Ultimately, pasta as we know it was not made by any one person, region, or ethnicity. Modern pasta is the product of centuries of cross-cultural cooperation and innovation. The result is hundreds of pasta shapes to choose from when mealtime hits. From easily-manufactured to strictly-homemade, the pasta-bilities are endless.
For ~175 years, Philadelphia Macaroni Company (PMC) and A. Zerega’s Sons have manufactured consistent, quality pasta for consumer enjoyment. With over 300 shapes to choose from and additional custom capabilities, PMC is your go-to partner for all things pasta in the Industrial, Retail, and Foodservice markets.
Source: De Vita.
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To keep the celebrations going, we also want to recognize our Executive Vice President, Nora Stabert, appointed Vice Chair of the National Pasta Association (NPA) earlier this year. Stabert represents PMC on the NPA Board of Directors, a role previously held by her father, Bill Stabert, and her grandfather, Luke Marano Sr.
Stabert joined PMC in 2018 as Vice President of Strategy. She has supported our organization through transformational changes, including PMC’s acquisition of A. Zerega’s Sons in 2020 and the ongoing implementation of our new, tier 1 Enterprise Resource Planning system. She also oversees the strategic direction of our corporate social responsibility program.
First founded in 1904 as the National Macaroni Manufacturers Association, NPA membership now includes manufacturers, marketers, millers and suppliers in the pasta industry. NPA serves as a cohesive advocate, promoter, and center of knowledge for the pasta industry, members of the government, and consumers.
In-person trade shows are back! For the first time since 2019, PMC attended and exhibited the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) FIRST Annual Event and Expo. From July 10 – 13, PMC joined hundreds of exhibitors from sectors across food, beverage, and related industries. Though the event attendance was scaled down from pre-pandemic levels, our commercial team noted a great turnout. PMC was pleased to see and speak with key leaders in the food industry.
At IFT FIRST, PMC unveiled our refreshed marketing materials including a brand-new trade show booth and product brochures.
Kouassi Kouakou, our VP of Research & Development, attended various technical sessions and noted the highlights and recurring themes throughout the show:
Our booth-based sales team also noted fiber additives and upcycled ingredients as additional repeating themes.
Ultimately, PMC was glad to be back, and we can’t wait to see everyone at next year’s IFT event!
Philadelphia Macaroni Company (PMC) is delighted to announce the appointment of our new Chief Financial Officer, Joe McDermott. McDermott is succeeding Marc Abruzzese, who has worked with PMC for over 40 years.
McDermott is a results-driven leader with over 25 years of experience driving growth, efficiencies, and successful integrations. As a leader, he focuses on creating alignment through goals, processes, and communication.
“We’re bringing in Joe during an exciting time for PMC,” says CEO & President Luke Marano Jr. “We are a committed leader in the pasta industry. We continue to invest significantly in our infrastructure and people to support our goals and fuel growth, including the implementation of our new Tier 1 ERP system scheduled to go-live this year. We are happy to welcome Joe to our executive team, and look forward to the perspective and leadership he will bring to PMC.” Recent PMC projects include Minot Milling’s A-Mill conversion, the installation of an industrial short goods line in Lee’s Summit, MO, and several co-pack expansion investments in Grand Forks, ND.
“I am extremely excited to be joining PMC at this pivotal point in the company’s history,” McDermott states. “PMC’s extraordinary history and success make me proud to be responsible for helping shape the future of the company and its people. With pasta being a staple market category, there is always opportunity to continue and expand on the tradition of quality and service excellence for the next generation of pasta consumers! I look forward to meeting and learning from everyone at PMC.”
McDermott is a CPA, with an MBA from Villanova University and a BBA in Accounting from Temple University. Most recently, he served as CFO of Zentis North America LLC, a privately held, US-based food manufacturer. Prior to that, he was CFO of Default Foods and helped navigate the company through a major ERP implementation. His other career experience includes CFO of PeopleShare and CFO of a Mars Petcare division.