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A FAMILY STORY
A. Barbagallo Di Mauro was founded in 1911 in Fiumefreddo di Sicilia in the province of Catania. The abundant supply of pure water from the springs on the sides of the volcano Etna and the fertile earth led the brothers Angelo and Giacomo Barbagallo, more than one hundred years ago, to choose that spot to make a dream come true; to bring the excellence of Sicilian agricultural produce to tables all around the world through production processes in harmony with nature.
Thus they built the first grain mill and set up other activities for the processing of typically Sicilian raw materials.
A moment in history that helped the company to become an example of excellence in the pasta and flour manufacturing sector and a reference point for that portion of the foreign market seeking authenticity and the quality of Made in Italy produce.
A story that has been proudly and passionately passed down from generation to generation, right up to today.
THE GREAT DREAM
Following years spent studying far from home, the brothers Angelo and Giacomo Barbagallo decided to return to Sicily and together made a dream come true, A. Barbagallo di Mauro, a company specialised in the processing and world-wide exporting of Sicilian agricultural excellence. Two distinct processes were thus started. The so-called “white art”, in other words the milling of Sicilian durum and soft wheats and the distilling of citrus and aromatic herb essences for the perfume industry. A long-lasting dream carved into the stone of the original entrance to the plant, which still today shows a sheaf of wheat and a basket of citrus fruit.
THE PASTA FACTORY
Wheat, citrus fruit and pasta! The first two original company activities were joined in 1934 - as shown by export documentation of the time - by the art of pasta-making. This was the beginning of the long-standing history of our pasta factory, which began to export the best of the florid and beautiful island of Sicily worldwide. New York, Paris, Brussels, London and Madrid are just some of the stages in our long journey, memories that are impressed on the iron labels that at the time were used to indicate the destination of the merchandise and that we still have today.
LOUCST BEAN GUM
Having abandoned the extraction of natural citrus essences in the 1950s due to the emergence of more economical synthetic processes, the company, following on an idea by Giuseppe Barbagallo, decided to focus on another typical Sicilian product, carob, the seeds of which are used to extract the precious flour that is widely used in the food industry as a thickener and stabiliser. Rejecting the traditional chemical method of extraction of locust bean gum due to its devastating impact on the environment, after years of research and experimenting Giuseppe successfully perfected a system of thermo-mechanical husking that allowed the company to produce and export this “natural and pure” product worldwide.
The young and recently graduated Angelo, with the support of his father, decided to convert the entire flour and pasta manufacture to organic. Thus, even before the relative European law was created, the company chose to undergo voluntary certification via the French certification agency “Nature & Progrès”, forever abandoning conventional production in favour of processes that protect the environment and the biodiversity of Sicilian crops.
This was a period characterised by important innovation. The production lines in the pasta plant were totally replaced by new avant-garde and low-environmental-impact systems, specially modified to keep drying temperatures low, and maintain hourly production below the capacity of the systems in order to leave the fragrance and aroma of our pasta intact, as tradition dictates. A photovoltaic system was installed on the roof of the mill, and an innovative recycling system was set up for the hot water used in the drying stage in order to reduce the consumption of electricity and methane gas.
Pioneers from the outset in the field of sustainability, following a period of attentive research and development, the company is now ready to bring to the tables of the world its most beautiful product: its genuine and authentic pasta in a 100% biodegradable and compostable package. A package that brings an end forever to the use of plastic, to safeguard and pass on to future generations the precious resources of this planet that has given us so much. For what has been and for what will be.
The long-standing family tradition is supported by research, study and the desire to innovate, every day contributing to developing the company and its products.
It is now the turn of the new all-female generation of the family to take on the teachings and secrets of the family regarding the art of flour and pasta-making with the same sense of responsibility and passion that has always driven them, taking A. Barbagallo di Mauro into the next millennium.
THE PERFECT COMBINATION
As it always has been, bringing together long-standing family traditions with the drive for innovation, we produce pasta and flours as Nature intended.DISCOVER OUR PROCESSES