Food Processors

Changing the type of pasta you use can dramatically change the consumer's perception of your product. Variety is an important benefit we offer food processors. Zerega simply has far more pasta shapes to choose from.

Need elbow macaroni? Choose a slightly different elbow - we make more than a dozen variations on the elbow theme. Searching for just the right shell? We have eight sizes of shells. One quick call and samples will be on their way to you via our same day sample service.

Custom Pasta

We work closely with many of the leading food processors on a wide variety of projects including:

  • Quick cooking microwave meals
  • Dry soups and side dishes
  • Skillet dinners
  • Frozen foods
  • Refrigerated salads
  • Home meal replacement
  • Retorted soups and meals

Projects like these require custom-designed pastas, which we develop using a three-step process where we examine the size, shape, and ingredients.

Shape Size Ingredients
Shape is a critical decision that affects appearance, sauce cling and texture. If a standard Zerega shape won't do, we'll design a new shape to meet your exact needs by either using an existing die in a new way or by creating a unique shape with a new die. Once a shape is selected, size is the next consideration. Perhaps you require a special size to match other ingredients, or to fit a special package. For example, while a standard 1½" long penne wouldn't be right for a minestrone soup, a 5/8" long penne would be just right as it would complement the vegetables in the soup and fit perfectly on a soup spoon. Adding functional ingredients provides even more flexibility. Ingredients are often added to ensure pasta cooks al dente when subjected to the rigors of retort and frozen food processing. For instance, adding egg white dramatically improves the firmness of pasta. To enhance pasta's nutritional profile, we can substitute whole wheat or add fiber, calcium and protein.

Some Pasta Facts for Food Processors:

  • If you need a special shape, Zerega can design and produce a custom pasta for you, at a price that is competitive with standard pasta.
  • Zerega pasta - even stock items - is designed to be sturdier to hold up in processing environments.
  • If you need a special shape, Zerega can design and produce a custom pasta for you, at a price that is competitive with standard pasta.