Osem, a division of Nestle:
Export Manager - OSEM / NESTLE ISRAEL
If you e-mail him your phone number at
email@example.com, he will call you.
He told me Osem is the only company that manufactures large Israeli
couscous, and that they can fulfill large orders, like yours. Osem
also makes special shape pasta and will be glad to discuss that matter
with you. They are very eager to speak to you.
Read about Osem:
The article "Model For Elite," by Guy Rolnik from The Marker,
published July 16, 2003: examines the Israeli market and Osem's huge
Couscous Maison LTD:
Scroll down to see information in English.
Read a profile of the company:
Note: Osem told me it's the only manufacturer of Israeli couscous, but
Couscous Maison LTD describes itself as a manufacturer also, as noted
at the above page.
Read about the company in the article, "The Foods of Israel," By James
Mellgren, from the Oct 1, 2001, issue of Gourmet Retailer:
Scroll down to the header "Couscous" to learn about Couscous Maison's
"instant" mini-pasta products, and there's also mention of Osem as the
manufacturer of "large" Israeli couscous."
I did tell you Couscous Maison you were interested in large Israeli
couscous and I was told they produce that. I'm certain Osem can give
you exactly what you want, and I *believe* Couscous Maison can too!
P.O.BOX 8062 NETANYA 42170 ISRAEL
Tel: 972-9-8652862 Fax: 972-9-8652864
I spoke to Mr. Chriqui and he is also very eager to speak to you.
Sells Israeli couscous:
Joe Bofferding, Sales Manager of Indian Harvest Specialtifoods, told
me, "Indian Harvest Specialtifoods purchases Israeli Couscous and
repackages for our own customers. We are open to repackaging for
another vendor with the proper arrangements. Our plant in Colusa, CA
is capable of packing in poly film from 8 oz to 5 lb. bags."
Mr. Bofferding will be on vacation until the end of August, but he
invites you to call 1-800-346-7032 and ask to be connected to a sales
associate for more details and pricing information. (Btw, he told me
that Osem is the only Israeli couscous manufacturer he's aware of.)
Indian Harvest's Contact Information:
Read the company's history:
OTHER SPECIAL SHAPE /CUSTOM (DRY) PASTA:
You will have to call or e-mail the following companies for price quotes:
American Italian Pasta Company (AIPC):
I e-mailed AIPC to see if they carry couscous, and Ted Keith of AIPC's
Consumer Affairs division replied: "Couscous is not a product that we
are currently producing. The closest we would have is Acini Di Pepe."
But they do make special shape pasta. At this page:
Click on "All About Pasta" at the top of the page, then click on
"Pasta Shapes." Such items as Cavatappi and Ditalini may be of
interest to you. AIPC manufactures over 80 pasta shapes and will be
glad to review them with you when you contact them.
Contact Information for AIPC:
Read about AIPC Hoover's Online:
And at Business.com:
"We offer more shapes and sizes than any other pastamaker We customize
pasta shapes with special ingredients and sizes We package products in
formats from 16 oz. to 1,600 lbs."
At that above page you can also click for "sample" and request a
proposal for a particular order of pasta.
This appears to be a privately held company; I can't find much
information on them. Check this blurb at World Food Net:
Manufactures over 100 different shapes, thank to their research &
development team, which works with clients to design to spec:
Phone: 1.800.456.2084; Fax: 1.509.489.2848
Read about the company at Hoover's Online:
Philadelphia Pasta Co./Conte Luna Foods -- based in Minot, ND.
More Contact Info:
The company's Web Site:
Where you can check out their products and facilities from the menu at top.
Their specialty pasta, peace signs, dinosaurs, etc., are listed at this page:
You can read a little about them in this brief excerpt from
"Philadelphia-Based Pasta Company Aims to Shine On in 21st Century,"
published 1/6/2002, written by Mikkel Pates, Grand Forks Herald, N.D.
Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News:
D. Maldari & Sons, Inc., of Brooklyn:
Scroll down at this page:
and you'll see special shapes like "tear" and "star."
You can also read the company's history at the site.
Buhler, Inc., global corporation; U.S. HQ is in Minneapolis.
See their U.S. Web site:
which features updated contact information.
Read about Buhler's food products, including pasta:
Scroll down to: "Engineered Products Division: Process technology
engineering, supply and installation of entire plants, individual
machines and automation systems for. . . . Production of short, long
and *specialty* pasta . . . ."
makes frog-shaped pasta.
E-mail the company: Bullfrog@CroakCity.com
Ricossa -- Italy
Their English language Media Kit provides a solid view of their operations:
DIRECTORIES: Dry Pasta Suppliers:
National Pasta Association:
(Note: Some companies listed there are millers that sell to pasta
makers, some others are packagers.)
National Pasta Association:
didn't get back to me (if they do, I'll post that information as an
Answer Clarification), but I found a few resources regarding pricing:
Rosa Food Products' price list:
may give you a *ballpark* idea of what to expect, as it's for imports.
Since you want specialty pasta, that may be fairly analogous --
cost-wise -- to imports.
A June 18, 2004 USA TODAY article "May's wholesale inflation rise,
0.8%, biggest in a year Higher energy, food costs, especially dairy,
play role," by Sue Kirchhoff, notes that while "Overall wholesale
food prices are up 7.4% from last year, though some select products
such as vegetables, pasta and fish have seen price declines," so this
appears to be as good a time as any for buying pasta.
From the January/February issue of Private Label magazine, see the
article "Pasta and Rice Face Challenge," by John J. Pierce:
At bottom of article see a chart and several listings of pasta makers
and their contact information.
Also, you may be interested in joining the Private Label Manufacturers Association:
Web site: http://www.plma.com/
Networking with other private label entrepreneurs will help you keep
abreast of trends, including pricing trends, and you may well learn
where you can buy at a bargain.
pasta AND bulk AND "private label"
"Israeli couscous" AND "private label"
Israeli OR grande couscous AND supplier OR manufacturer
price bulk pasta
price bulk specialty pasta
price bulk special shape pasta
special shape pasta private label
I hope my research is of help to you. If you have any questions, or
need assistance navigating any of these links, please post a "Request
For Clarification" and I will be glad to assist you further.
Best wishes for your new venture!
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