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Pasta: price increases up to 40%. And the surge isn’t over


The surge in prices does not spare pasta, which has risen by 38% in recent months. A kilo of pasta, which in September the large retailers bought for 1.10 euros, now costs 1.40. And the price growth has not ended. By the end of January it will reach 1.52 euros. Another sign of the inflation that is breaking down in all sectors, including the shopping cart of Italians.

To take stock of the situation is one of the best known pasta producers in Italy, Vincenzo Divella, CEO of the Apulian group of the same name. That in an interview with the Sole 24 Ore has explained:

“We had to ask for the first 30 cents after the summer, to cope with the soaring cost of our main raw material, namely wheat. Between June and today, the the price of wheat on the Foggia stock exchange increased by 90%. An increase that we could never have amortized on our own, just think that for us semolina represents 60% of the entire production cost of pasta “.

But not only. Then there are the other increases: cellophane + 25%, gas + 300%, electricity.

“For this reason, in January we asked large retailers for another 12 cents per kilo. This increase should become effective with the renewal of orders at the end of this month ”.

Coldiretti alarm: doubled the costs of sowing wheat for pasta

And on rising prices of pasta Coldiretti’s alarm also arrived and, taking stock of the situation, explained that in Italy the costs of sowing for the production of wheat destined for pasta and bread have practically doubled as a result of the increase of over 50% for the diesel necessary for working the land, but the costs of agricultural vehicles, plant protection products and fertilizers have also increased which even triple.

Despite this, Italian durum wheat – underlines Coldiretti – is paid to national farmers less than that coming from abroad, which accounts for 40% of the production of pasta. The production imported into Italy, especially from Canada, is also obtained with the use of the chemical herbicide glyphosate in pre-harvest, which is prohibited in Italy. An anomaly that has pushed the record for purchases of pasta with 100% Italian wheat made recognizable by the obligation of origin labeling.

To stop speculation at an international level and guarantee the availability of wheat – continues Coldiretti – it is necessary to work for supply chain agreements between agricultural and industrial companies with precise qualitative and quantitative objectives and fair prices that never fall below production costs as foreseen by the new law to combat unfair practices.

There are conditions for increase the production of wheat in Italy where – specifies Coldiretti – 3.8 million tons are collected (-3% compared to the previous year) which make the Peninsula the second largest producer in the world but also the main importer because, instead of guaranteeing supplies with national products, many industries have preferred to buy on the international market, taking advantage of the low prices of the last decade.

“There are therefore the conditions to respond to the demand for Italianity of consumers and invest in national agriculture that is able to offer quality products by creating virtuous supply chain relationships with agreements that enhance the supremacy of Made in Italy” concluded the president of the Coldiretti Ettore Prandini in underlining that “with the Covid pandemic a scenario of hoarding, speculation and uncertainty has opened up that must push the country to defend its food sovereignty”.

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