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Banza

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Banza is an alternative pasta company offering higher quality, more nutritious pasta and macaroni & cheese.  The company offers a variety of products including penne, elbows, shells, rotini, spaghetti, and macaroni & cheese – all made from chickpeas.  Banza is disrupting the traditional pasta industry by offering a pasta with 2x the protein, 4x the fiber, and ½ the net carbs of regular pasta.  You can find Banza at select grocery stores including Whole Foods Market, Target and Wegmans.

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  • Food Business News - September 15, 2017
    Banza founder: 'We want to be the Chobani of pasta'

    "In the coming months, Banza products will be sold in about 7,000 retail outlets nationwide. While Mr. Rudolph declined to disclose overall sales figures, he said the brand has grown 540% year over year in Whole Foods Market stores. Since Banza’s debut, several other brands have emerged, offering similar pasta products made with beans, peas and lentils. Mr. Rudolph sees the additional competition as a boost to the emerging segment..."

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  • PE Hub - August 8, 2017
    Pasta company Banza inks $7.5 mln Series A

    NEW YORK (August 2, 2017) – Today, Banza, a company known for making delicious and nutritious pasta from chickpeas, announced the close of a $7.5 million Series A investment round led by Boston-based Beechwood Capital. The financing will allow Banza to increase its production capacity, expedite the creation and development of new products, and support team growth—all of which will help Banza bring a better pasta to more people.

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  • Forbes - August 2, 2017
    CircleUp25: Announcing the 2017 Winners

    Banza has expanded to 5,000 stores nationwide since launching in 2014, has seen 500% year-over-year growth in Whole Foods, and is the fastest growing pasta company in the U.S.

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  • Good Morning America - July 24, 2017
    VIDEO: Food entrepreneurs share the best and worst career advice they have received

    The food entrepreneurs behind Banza were highlighted on "Good Morning America" today as start-up companies with a mission to create social change for both health and the environment.

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  • BonAppétit.com - June 22, 2017
    This Chickpea Pasta Is Worth the Gluten-Free Hype

    Created four years ago by a then-23-year-old non-chef in downtown Detroit, Banza has twice as much protein and almost half the net carbs as the wheat-based pasta.

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  • NYTimes.com - November 30, 2016
    How Banza, a Chickpea Pasta Start-Up, Thrives on Attention

    "Early on, after we did the reality show, Brian and I were so committed to getting everything off the ground prior to having that exposure," Scott Rudolph said. "It was obvious that we were on to something."

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  • HuffingtonPost.com - October 12, 2016
    Banza Is The Protein-Packed, Chickpea Pasta You’re About To See Everywhere

    If you love pasta but can’t eat the stuff, for one reason or another, the alternatives have bordered on pathetic ... until lately.

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  • Forbes.com - January 20, 2016
    Forbes 30 Under 30: How A Weird Hummus Habit Led One Under 30 To Reinvent Traditional Pasta

    Banza has double the protein and four times the fiber of traditional options. It’s also gluten-free, non-GMO, and vegan. In this edited and condensed interview, Rudolph, a recent 30 Under 30 Food and Drink honoree, shares news from his Detroit, MI office about Banza and the future of food.

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  • Inc.com - June 14, 2016
    How an Obsession With Chickpeas Inspired This Fast-Growing Food Startup

    Most foods good and tasty come with the price of guilt, but Banza wants to change that. Just one year after beginning commercial operations, the brand of low-carb chickpea pasta has already expanded to more than 2,000 stores.

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  • Time.com - November 19, 2015
    The 25 Best Inventions of 2015

    Banza, shorthand for garbanzo pasta, has double the protein and four times the fiber of traditional pasta, and far fewer carbs; it’s also gluten-free.

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