Four Star Pizza


Company Four Star Pizza
Type SME
Sector Food and Beverage
Engagement Innovation Voucher

Company Overview

Four Star Pizza Wilton (ZZ Ltd.) is an independently owned franchise part of Four Star Pizza Ireland which is a wholly owned Irish company. Four Star Pizza has been operating in Ireland for nearly 30 years. Four Star Pizza specialises in the home delivery and carry-out service of a special recipe pizza.

Engagement with CAPPA

Four Star Pizza wanted to develop a quality control test for mozzarella cheese to determine its maturity. There was no access to any quality control maturity tests for mozzarella cheese for a commercial business. Mozzarella is a principal ingredient of Four Star Pizza’s and accounts for a high percentage of their running costs. When the ingredients of the mozzarella vary due to seasonal changes or other supply chain issues, this can lead to problems with burning of the mozzarella during preparation, as well as taste issues.

How CAPPA Delivered Solution for Industry

CAPPA worked with Four Star Pizza over a number of months to monitor changes as the mozzarella cheese matured using FTIR and Raman spectroscopy. A maturity model was developed from the obtained spectra using multivariate analysis. A number of models were developed for different mozzarella fat content cheeses used by Four Star Pizza. By developing this quality control standard, the company will be able to ensure customer satisfaction and minimise loss during the production process. As mozzarella is central to their business, maintaining such high standards will ensure the continuing success of the business. Having the opportunity to work with CAPPA has given Four Star Pizza access to expertise and equipment not readily available for an SME.

“The CAPPA group engaged with us from the onset where they explored the viability of the project prior to the Enterprise Ireland application. The group maintained contact with us during the entire process where they demonstrated commitment to understanding the issues and the impact to our business. The group were successful in building a quality control model to allow us assess the maturity of mozzarella helping to ensure customer satisfaction. We would highly recommend the CAPPA group and would have no hesitation in working with the group in the future.”

Seamus Lane, Managing Director