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million tonnes is small, a comparatively large contraction is anticipated
in the major exporters, down by 7.8
million tonnes year over year, to a
three-year low of 75.2 million tonnes,"
the I.G.C. said. "Nevertheless, at that
level, major exporters' inventories
would still be 6% above the average in
the prior five years."
China's projected 2018-19 ending stocks at a nominal 120.4 million
tonnes accounted for 47% of the projected total world ending stocks.
"Global stocks excluding China would
fall to a five-year low of 138 million
tonnes at the end of 2018-19, with the ratio of stocks/use dipping to the least in
six seasons at 22%," the I.G.C. said. MBN
Nielsen says worldwide pasta
demand edges 0.6% higher in 2017
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ROME - Worldwide pasta sales were
up for the second year in a row in 2017.
Following a 2.3% increase in 2016, the
industry saw a continued positive
trend in global pasta sales of 0.6%, according to data from The Nielsen Co.
The International Pasta Organization (I.P.O.) said the positive momentum is influenced by consumer attitudes showing an increased interest in
wellness and a sustainable approach
to eating. As a plant-based food, pasta
has a low environmental impact, making it especially attractive to consumers, the I.P.O. said.
The organization said another area
of advantage for pasta is that it is energy dense, and easy to store and distribute. Pasta manufacturers also are
offering innovative products such as
organic, whole wheat and gluten-free
pastas, providing consumers with additional options.
A delegation of international pasta
companies and associations discussed
the state of the pasta industry and ways
to promote pasta consumption and
consumer awareness of pasta benefits
in a healthy lifestyle at the I.P.O. board
meeting, which took place in conjunction with the UNAFPA and Semouliers Annual General Assemblies
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and the European Flour Millers Congress in Prague, May 24-26. The meeting brought together all the major
companies involved in the European
flour, semolina and pasta businesses.
"Consumers are rediscovering the
modern benefits of traditional pasta,"
said Paolo Barilla, president of the I.P.O.
"Pasta is increasingly appreciated and
valued around the world as the center
of a delicious meal with good nutrition.
It is also accessible, respectful of the planet,
and brings people together joyfully."
The most dynamic
growth markets are in
Asia (up 8.6%) and Africa (up 2.6%), but pasta
trends also are positive
in Europe, according to
data from the I.P.O.
In France, per capita
pasta consumption is
now 8.1 kg, and in Germany it is 7.7 kg per
capita, based on I.P.O.
data. While the British
eat less pasta (3.5 kg
per capita), an analysis
by the Department for Environment,
Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA)
shows pasta consumption has almost
tripled there since 1974.
The United States is the largest pasta
market, with 2.7 million tons of pasta
consumed, according to data from the
National Pasta Association. The average American consumes nearly 9 kg of
pasta annually. Italians are by far the
heaviest pasta consumers, with a per
capita consumption of 23.5 kg, 1.4 million tons in total. Next in line are: Tunisia (17 kg), Venezuela (12 kg), Greece
(11.1 kg), Chile (9.4 kg), with Argentina, Turkey and Iran all around 8.5 to
8.7 kg per capita, followed by Portugal
and the Czech Republic (6.5 kg). Brazilians eat 5.8 kg per year, with Brazil
being the third largest pasta market
worldwide (1.2 million tons). MBN
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