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MILAN May 17 Revenues at Barilla, the world's
biggest pasta maker, rose 2 percent last year, as a new
five-cereal pasta and a broader range of gluten free biscuits
helped the Italian group tap into growing consumer demand for
Parma-based Barilla said on Wednesday that sales of its
"better-for-you" products rose by double digits last year,
outpacing an overall 2 percent rise in revenue, at constant
currencies, to 3.4 billion euros ($3.79 billion).
Barilla said it had revised 150 recipes of baked products
last year to replace palm oil with vegetable oils with less
saturated fats, especially sunflower oil.
It also launched 17 new whole grain products, or with a
higher whole grain percentage, and extended its gluten free and
protein plus ranges thanks to a 40 million euro investment.
Barilla also said it planned to expand its small restaurant
chain by opening two new venues in Los Angeles and on the West
Coast. It already runs three restaurants in Manhattan and two in
Dubai offering Mediterranean cuisine.
($1 = 0.8977 euros)
(Reporting by Francesca Landini. Editing by Jane Merriman)