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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.

Company News
  • 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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  • 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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