Let’s Talk Business: Innovative pasta company launches with help from PAPI grant

23rd Oct

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 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.
This product innovation supports consumer demand for high-quality, locally made food and drink with reduced food miles, traceability, sustainable sourcing and support for local growers. The products are naturally vegan and vegetarian only using wheat flour and water, without any stabilisers or preservatives. The manufacturing process uses solar powered energy and the products are packed in 100% recyclable paper bags and any food waste is used as feed for cattle.
The Yorkshire Pasta Company received a PAPI grant to purchase manufacturing equipment that included 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 products, producing larger volumes per day and enabling packaging using fully recyclable materials.
The company launched their products in May 2020, selling through independent retailers such as farm shops and delis as well as online. Their products are now available nationwide.  
The Product and Process Innovation (PAPI) project has helped small businesses in York, North Yorkshire, the East Riding and Leeds City Region develop innovative new products by providing grants for equipment since 2016. Delivered by the University of York, a team of Innovation Advisers can help companies apply for a grant of between £8,000 and £20,000 for the purchase of equipment which will create new products, services and jobs.
The project has provided more than £2 million of funding, supporting more than 100 businesses to create 130 jobs, and 100 new products. The funding will continue until 2022.
The PAPI project is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014 to 2020. The project is open for applications now. Businesses can quickly check their eligibility and apply on the website at papi.org.uk or by calling 01904 328076.


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