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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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  • June 8, 2021
    Banza Announces Partnership with Oath Pizza for Chickpea Pizza Crust

    Oath Pizza has partnered with chickpea pizza crust maker, Banza, to bring the garbanzo-bean crust to the Boston-based chain's 50-plus stores. The company told Pizza Marketplace that the crust will begin its rollout as a permanent menu item at its stores in New York, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Virginia.

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  • Food Dive - April 12, 2021
    Nestlé adds Banza chickpea pasta to Life Cuisine offerings

    Nestlé is incorporating Banza chickpea pasta into a pair of its newest Life Cuisine offerings: Triple Cheese Macaroni and Cheese Bowl and its Gluten Free Lifestyle Pasta Bolognese Bowl. The brand said the new varieties cater to popular trends such as high protein, meatless, gluten free and low carb.

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  • AdWeek - February 21, 2021
    In a Year of Uncertainty, These Brands Defined What It Means to Disrupt

    Since 2014, Banza has created more than a dozen chickpea pasta varieties, ahd whose signature bright-orange boxes line the shelves in some 15,000 stores nationwide. After conquering the rice and pasta aisles, Banza has since invaded the frozen food section, introducing ready-made pizza.

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  • Well+Good - January 22, 2021
    The 11 Best Food and Drink Launches of 2020 You May Have Missed

    Banza was named to Well+Good's list of top new foods and drinks of 2020. Even if you’re not a big fan of alt-pizza, Jessie Van Amburg, Well+Good’s senior food and health editor, says to still give this one a chance. “I’m famous among my friends for my hatred of cauliflower pizza—I know, I know, I’m a bad health food editor— and usually prefer to just eat the ‘real deal’ rather than substitutes when possible and available. But Banza’s Chickpea Pizza crust is just so damn good that I’ll happily eat it at literally any meal,” she says.

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  • Nosh - December 17, 2020
    Nosh Best of 2020 Awards

    Banza was named a winner in two of Nosh's Best of 2020 Awards categories - Rising Stars and Best New Product. Each year NOSH’s annual Best Of awards honor the individuals, brands and products that have demonstrated excellence during the year and resonance that will extend far beyond the last twelve months. After landing in over 13,000 retailers with its chickpea pasta and expanding into rice alternatives and mac & cheese, the brand entered the increasingly popular plant-based pizza crust space with its chickpea crust pizza at retailers like Target, Whole Foods and Wegmans.

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  • Food Business News - October 19, 2020
    Banza Enters Frozen Pizza Category

    After its success with chickpea-based pasta, Banza aims to reinvent another comfort food with chickpeas as the hero ingredient. Banza Pizza is debuting nationwide in Target, Whole Foods Market, Wegmans and Heinen’s stores. The products feature a crust made from chickpeas, olive oil, yeast and oregano that has a crispy texture with a sturdy, doughy center, according to the company. Pizza varieties include four-cheese, roasted vegetable and Margherita. The brand also is offering a two-pack of plain crusts.

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