Ontario Construction News staff writer
An Italy-based pasta manufacturing company is building a production facility in London – the first in North America.
Andriani Ltd. will invest $33.6 million to construct a new, 61,225 square-foot, site to make gluten-allergen and GMO-free pasta. Once the new facility is operational, Andriani plans to manufacture products for the North American market in Ontario instead of importing products from Italy.
“Andriani’s significant investment will spur growth throughout our province’s agri-food supply chains and help to further establish London as a hub for food production, technology and innovation,” said Premier Doug Ford. “Despite economic headwinds, companies, across all sectors, are choosing Ontario because of our competitive business environment, our access to markets and our world-class workforce.”
The provincial government approved $1.5 million for the project, through the Regional Development Program’s Southwestern Ontario Development Fund.
“We share with Ontario a vision of a future driven by innovation and shared value. In London we found the premises to ground the next steps of our international development, which aims at increasing the potential of having a positive impact on people’s lives through food innovation: highly qualified and professional people, focus and investments on food innovation, sustainability and regenerative agricultural practices and overall a competitive agricultural and food business ecosystem,” said “We want to thank Ontario for this recognition and the support offered so far,” said Michele Andriani, Andriani Group President and CEO.
London’s growing food and beverage manufacturing sector includes more than 90 companies.
Andriani will be located in the London Innovation Park alongside other agri-food companies including Dr. Oetker, The Original Cakerie, Aspire Food Group, Bosco & Roxy’s and Cardiff Products.
As part of the 2023 Ontario Budget, the government introduced the Ontario Made Manufacturing Investment Tax Credit, which provides a 10 per cent refundable Corporate Income Tax credit to help local manufacturers lower their costs, invest in workers, innovate and become more competitive.
“I am thrilled to welcome Andriani’s investment to the City of London. This not only marks a significant boost to our city’s local economy, it also underscores London’s appeal as a hub for international businesses,” said London Mayor Josh Morgan. “Bringing 42 new, well-paying jobs further enhances the prosperity and vibrancy of our community. I look forward to the positive impact Andriani’s state-of-the-art facility is sure to have on our city.”