What’s the difference between pasta, macaroni, and noodles?

Pasta is a broad term for the category of food that is commonly made from a combination of grain flour and water. Pasta can be made from a variety of grains or other milled material, such as legumes, and is formed into a wide assortment of shapes and sizes. Macaroni products are defined as food made from durum wheat and water, with egg whites added to some varieties. Additional categories are enriched, vegetable, and whole wheat macaroni products. Noodle products differ from macaroni products in that they must contain whole eggs or yolks.


How do I read the date code on a package of Luxury® Pasta or Noodles?

Our date code is set up in two different formats:

1. MMDDYY with the first two digits representing the month, the next two the date, and the last two the year. For example, 070116 would reference July 1, 2016.
2. DD MMM YYYY with the first two numbers representing the date, the next three representing the month, and the last four the year. For example, 01 JUL 2016 would reference July 1, 2016.

In both formats, the letter and number following the date code represent the shift and facility in which the product was made.


What does the “Best By” date really mean?

We recommend that our products be consumed by the date noted on the package as the “Best By” or “Best Before” date to guarantee freshness.


Are all the Luxury® Pasta shapes interchangeable in recipes?

Pasta shapes can certainly be interchanged. However, the “right” pasta shape can complement a particular sauce and enhances the taste and appearance of the finished dish.