Leading pasta-maker Barilla is bucking the economic trend in Italy by opening a new multi-million euro plant as other big industrial names are pulling out of the country.
It has started production of ready-made pasta sauces.
The new factory near Parma will draw its workforce mainly from the company’s existing 13 factories.
The 40-million euro investment might appear modest but it is a welcome bright-spot in Italy’s gloomy economy, where 140 large industrial sites are at risk of shrinking or closure.
New Barilla plant, sauce of joy in Italian economy