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Oct 2019


HI-FOOD and MARTINOROSSI: renewal of the agreement for the joint development of new functional ingredients made in Italy for the food industry The key partnership in the field of natural and free from ingredients continues. The handshake is between entrepreneurs Emanuele Pizzigalli, Research and Development Officer of HI-FOOD SpA, and Giorgio Rossi, President of MartinoRossi SpA. The renewed target of the two companies is the development and production of functional ingredients starting from vegetable by-products and high-quality raw materials.

In 2015 the two companies initiated a close working path, combining complementary know-how, leveraging on their complementary know-how: on the one hand MartinoRossi, with their total control of the field-to-mill chain – severely allergen free - and their important presence in the market of grains and legumes; on the other hand Hi-Food, focused on the research and development of new natural ingredients with technological functionalities, naturally located inside the Science Park of the University of Parma.

The MartinoRossi facility located in Malagnino (Cremona) is under expansion; this was joined by the new factory in Grosseto for the management and securing of legumes. Raw materials come from a controlled supply chain and their storage is secured with modern silos powered by nitrogen for a total natural preservation. New technologies related to new processes have been introduced in recent years and other ones are in the planning phase. This is a result of the cooperation between the two companies and a clear vision on joint development strategies.

Giorgio Rossi says: “The partnership with Hi-Food is strategic and will allow us to optimize the use of materials from our supply chains, increasing their value. We offer our supply chains, our milling factory, the latest generation of thermo-treatment plants for seeds and flours, the experience and the twenty-year presence on the food ingredients market. The company is growing fast and with solid bases: it means that the development directions undertaken are the right ones.”

Emanuele Pizzigalli observes: “It is really gratifying to work with Rossi under a sustainable, intelligent, flexible growth and certainly at the forefront. The two companies share many horizons linked to the world of natural ingredients. We are talking about legume flours, vegetable protein isolates, vegetable fibers obtained from bran and other mill processing fractions, new state-of-the-art extruded or co-processed textured plants for the meat analogue sector. Products like MELTEC® and the future range derived from the upcycling of the corn bran called Micro Zea are some of the products we want to introduce to the market in the coming months. All around us the world of food is changing, we are at the beginning of a radical food revolution. Hi-Food wants to become an actor in this change as a young international player.”

Hi-Food & MartinoRossi today move on with their working path of growth and invite customers at the next FiE, Paris 3-5, December where innovative products are going to be presented to the international ingredients market.

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