«We are all bettereaters here»
Pasta that could have been made by an Italian Nonna. Vegetarian convenience products that are fuelling the trend towards reduced meat consumption. The Hilcona Taste Factory in Landquart is the address for contemporary food with a manufactory character.
The Hilcona Taste Factoryʼs production facility is surrounded by the impressive mountain scenery of the Grisons. However, its employees are not distracted from their mission of enjoyment by the spectacular scenery surrounding the small town of Landquart.
They produce pasta, vegetarian products and, among other things, the local speciality of Capun with great care – and often also with the help of their hands. These are chard leaves filled with a meat or vegetable batter.
One of the siteʼs babies that cannot complain about lack of popularity is the plant-based «Green Mountain Burger». Now the next big première for «The Green Mountain » brand is coming up: in October, the first meat alternative based on a kind of meatloaf will be launched on the market – bakeable, vegan and even lower in calories than the original.
As usual in the Bell Food Group, quality is also a top priority in Landquart. Among other things, many of the products made here are of organic quality. Tofu, for example. The soy beans from which it is made are certified organic and originate one hundred per cent from Switzerland – which means that the transport distances are also short.
Today, 130 to 150 employees work in the production area, which now covers approximately 5000 square metres, depending on the season. Sinuhe Hofstetter always has an ear for your suggestions. «We shape our success here together. After all, we are all better-eaters,» says the plant manager.
Four of the nine production lines alone are dedicated to pasta, which is produced here in semi-dry, pasteurised, floured and – especially for food service customers – deep-frozen form. The other five lines are used for convenience products, which now make up more than half of the Hilcona Taste Factoryʼs range.
And what happens if a product is too well-received by customers? Then the Landquarters transfer production to another location. One example is «Pasta Traditionale»: Thanks to its success, some varieties have been produced in Schaan since the beginning of the year – four to five times the amount per hour.