The origin of Pastas Alimenticias Romero S.A. dates back to 1926 when Manuel Romero Marqués founded the company under the name La competidora: Pastas para sopa. It was more of a small workshop where artisan production systems were used to obtain a small daily output.
In 1930 as a result of the increasing demand for pasta, Manuel Romero decided to build a new factory and introduced new technologies that were more in line with the times.
In 1943 the first semi-automatic production line was purchased, as it was considered essential for the success of the company, which was strongly committed to technological development.
In 1950, his sons Manuel and José took over the business; so, the power was transferred from the first to the second generation.
In 1969, in view of the growth of the sector in Spain and noting the strategic performance of the leading pasta companies in Italy, the Romero family decided they needed to build a new, more modern production plant. One possibility was to move the family business to an industrial estate in Zaragoza, a location that was equipped with better infrastructure, communications and closer to consumers. Although the proposal was feasible from an economic and commercial perspective, they decided to keep the production plant in Daroca, as they felt firmly connected to the people there and wanted them to be able to keep their jobs. The jobs were held mainly by the residents of Daroca and the surrounding area.
In 1970 the production capacity of the factory was 25,000 kilograms per day. At the beginning of the 70s there were significant technological changes, that revolutionised the pasta business as it was known at the time. Manuel Romero faced the future confidently, by installing one of the first ever continuous lines of long pasta production in Spain, considering technological innovation to always be a key element of business success.
In 1980, Manuel Romero’s company became a Plc, changing its name to Pastas Alimenticias Romero S.A. Francisco Javier Romero Inigo, Manuel Romero’s grandson, joined the company although it was not until 10 years later, in 1990, when the company passed hands again from the second to the third generation. At the time, the company was responsible for a staff of 40 employees and it had a production capacity of 80,000 kilos per day.
During these years, although Manuel Romero no longer held an executive position, he was still firmly connected to the company, and even up until the last few days of his life he could still be seen walking around the factory, chatting to the workers and noting the development of the business. Manuel Romero died in Daroca in 1989.
Pastas Romero today
Pastas Alimenticias Romero is a family business that that was established nearly 90 years ago. Today it is one of the industry leaders in pasta production in Spain, with a range of more than 90 products. It has a highly automated and versatile factory in Daroca (Zaragoza), with a surface area of 40,000 square metres, where tradition and experience are combined with the most advanced technology existing in the sector. It has a daily production rate of 400,000 kilos, and recently it has been expanded with a new factory (Romero II).
Since the beginning of the 90s it has significantly increased its sales abroad and now sends its products to thirty different countries on different continents.
Commercially it is a company with extensive experience with all types of customers, of all scales, from very different countries and with a wide variety of commercial activities and needs. IN view of all this, Pastas Romero strives to offer its consumers premium quality products that are totally natural, made with care and dedication, capable of tempting children and adults, as well as authentic Pasta lovers.