The Technical Aspects of the Cereal World

Jan 1

While we most commonly associate the word “cereal” with the breakfast food often enjoyed with milk, the term has a much broader definition that includes the grains used to manufacture pasta – and the aspects of that cereal world are more technical than you would initially think.

To manufacture a high-quality pasta, it is important to start with a clear understanding of the fundamentals – this includes the product’s intended application, the proper manufacturing pattern and technology, and the sourcing and determination of the ideal raw material it will be made from.

Industrial pasta manufacturing is a complex and versatile world requiring intricate knowledge of the physico-chemical properties and functionality of the required ingredients, the science and technology associated with the processing equipment and their impact on particular ingredients and/or blend of ingredients, and finally, the formulae and/or shape of interest.  Constant changes and adaptation are the key to an effective and efficient industrial pasta manufacturing process. In the end, success is achieved by having the proper art, science, technology, and materials in the right sequence to generate a high-quality pasta for the desired application – all resulting in an enjoyable eating experience.

From the sourcing of raw material to the research and development and processing, a given cereal product, such as pasta, entering the market must meet particular nutritional, performance, quality, safety, and regulatory guidelines to provide the consumer with a comfortable and excellent eating experience. Throughout the process, it is important to have thorough knowledge and understanding of the technical aspects of every step.