Yorkshire Pasta is a recipe for success

Read how a 40% PAPI grant allowed Yorkshire Pasta to purchase key equipment and create their first products.

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The Yorkshire Pasta Company was set up after owner Kathryn spotted a gap in the market for sustainable, premium pasta products. A PAPI grant helped the company to purchase equipment which allowed them to enter the marketplace at a much faster rate than expected.

Case study: Yorkshire Pasta

A new venture

The Yorkshire Pasta Company was set up in 2019 by Kathryn Bumby and her family, who developed recipes and production methods to take locally milled flour and turn it into premium pasta products. They wanted to create products which would meet consumer demand for high quality, locally made food and drink with reduced food miles, traceability, sustainable sourcing and support for local growers.

They are one of the first UK manufacturers of dried pasta, using traditional techniques used by Italian artisan pasta makers, combined with local ingredients to create the most superb tasting and perfectly-textured Yorkshire Pasta.

The products the company has created are naturally vegan and vegetarian only using wheat flour and water, without any stabilisers or preservatives. The manufacturing process uses solar powered energy, products are packed in 100% recyclable paper bags, and any food waste is used as feed for cattle.

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Product innovation & new jobs

The company applied for a PAPI grant to help with the purchase of manufacturing equipment, including a pasta extruder and a vertical packaging machine. The grant allowed the company to enter the marketplace at a much faster rate than expected, launching five new to the market products, producing large volumes per day and enabling packaging using fully recyclable materials.

The company launched their five new products in May 2020, selling through independent retailers such as farm shops and delis as well as online. Their products are now available nationwide and the company is going from strength to strength.

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The grant enabled us to launch at a much greater scale [and] allowed us to fulfil our ambition for Yorkshire Pasta to be plastic free. This is a huge achievement for us!

Kathryn Bumby