The History Of Fosetti, A Cheese Making Tradition In South Africa
Foschini is an Italian pasta manufacturer that was one of the first Italian pasta manufacturers to expand outside of Italy. In the early nineteenth century, Fosetti began making fettuccine, a famous Italian soup. The company later branched out into the production of noodles and crackers. It still trades under different brands today. It is currently headquartered in Parow, South Africa.
Foschini was one of the many Italian pasta manufacturers that made their way into the South African market. After the Second World War, there was a huge demand for Italian foods, including Fosetti. The company made a decision to expand into a larger market, and in so doing opened two factories in South Africa. They are located in Durban and Johannesburg.
Foschini is one of the largest Italian pasta manufacturers in the world. In their manufacturing facility in Parow they make about one billion pounds of Fosetti disks a year. It takes two people eighteen hours a day to make about one billion disks. Of course, this is just a small part of the entire Foschini Group, which produces Fusilli, Spaghetti, Penne, Gnocchi, Lasagna, spaghetti, Cacciatte, Tagliatelle, Cavatelli, Farfalle, and Tagliatelle. There is also a Foschini Retail Group proprietary limited by shares, which is run from headquarters in Parow. This company also manufactures Fusetti in bulk.
So, what exactly is Foschini? A short description of Fosetti is that it is a type of spiral noodles created by Foschini, a pasta producer based in Tuscany Italy. Fosetti can be either thin or thick, depending on which brand you buy. If you buy Fosetti from a Foschini retailer, or from a Foschini Limited by shares deal, then the noodles are called Fosetti. If you buy them directly from the company’s factory in Parow, then they are called Fosetti automatically with no mention of the brand.
Some of the other known brands of Fosetti are Spaghetti, Lasagna, Cacciatte, Tagliatelle, Gnocchi, Cappuccino, Farfalle, and Tagliatelle. All these brands are sold in grocery shops in South Africa, as well as at street address in various parts of the country. The street address is different for each of these brands, depending on whether they are sold in the Western Cape, Eastern Cape, or the Free State province. So, if I were you, I would investigate all these available options before making your final purchase decision.
The main manufacturing facility of Fosetti is situated in a building called the ‘farm office’ on Stane Street, Cape Town. The farm office was built in 1960, right in the middle of the Murchison Street shopping area, just opposite the iconic Le Prince Maurice restaurant. It is still in very good condition and used to house all the employees of Fosetti, as well as providing a convenient place for local suppliers to drop their goods off for delivery.
Another building, belonging to Fosetti, is known as the’manufacturing plant’ on Benaway Avenue, Cape Town, which also houses the Fosetti distributor’s warehouse and manufacturing plant. The exact location of this place is not easily ascertained, but it does have a Fosetti ‘official’ address – the British Post Office ‘Administrative Office, Cape Town’. The postal address is box 6020, Western Cape.
In spite of having its own address, it is sometimes difficult to locate Foschini supplies, particularly older or antique pieces. The company does not sell directly to the public, however it does have an excellent website, which contains an online store. This store has been established since 1990 and contains a vast inventory of Italian made items. You can also find a great selection of wine, chocolates, cheese and other Italian specialty food. The deputy information provided also includes information about an insurance policy known as the FOS Insurance, which covers Fosetti products for both internal and external customers.