Barilla S.p.A. (Barilla G. e R. Fratelli Societ_ per Azioni) is an Italian and European food company.It was founded in 1877 in Ponte Taro, Italy by Pietro Barilla. The company is privately held, and remains in the fourth generation of Barilla family ownership and control through three brothers, Chairman Guido Barilla, and Vice Chairmen Luca Barilla and Paolo Barilla. It controls Barilla (multinational pasta maker), Mulino Bianco, Pavesi, Voiello, Alixir and Academia Barilla (Italy), Wasabrod (Sweden), Misko (Greece), Filiz (Turkey), Yemina and Vesta (Mexico) trademarks. It produces several kinds of pasta and it is the world's leading pasta maker with 40-45% of the Italian market and 25% of the US market. It produces 4,000 tons of dried pasta annually in over 120 shapes and sizes.