Low price increases for pasta in Italy. The increase in the price of durum wheat will remain contained this year and should translate into a maximum increase in the cost of pasta of three euros per person per year, calculated on the 24 kilos consumed per capita in Italy. The price of durum wheat is not affected by the war in Ukraine, which produces soft wheat and whose exports are blocked by the embargo imposed by Russia. “A contained increase”, underlines to Adnkronos Francesco Divella, CEO of the Divella pasta factory, which produces a thousand tons of dry pasta, 35 tons of fresh pasta and 90 tons of biscuits every day. An increase on which the price of energy and gas weighs heavily, which has soared precisely because of the conflict in Ukraine, and of packaging, another sector that is suffering from the invasion decided by Russian President Vladimir Putin. On the durum wheat front, Italian domestic production satisfies 60-65% of demand, while the rest is imported from France, Greece and North America. Buying pasta therefore costs more, but, Divella underlines, “we have to wait to see the new campaign in June-July and the productions this year. Last year was drought and contributed to the increase in prices, while this year year was rainy “. This could hold back the price rush. Different speech for soft wheat, used to produce bread, biscuits and sweets, even if there is no danger of finding empty shelves. “No risk”, Divella assures, despite the “never before seen” increase in the price of soft wheat, with the doubling of prices. In this case Italy satisfies about 55% of the internal demand with its own production and with the other supply channels there is no danger of running out of bread. But, in addition to an increase in food raw materials, companies in the milling sector have to face the surge in the price of energy, gas and packaging, “which jumped after the start of the war. For energy-intensive companies like ours, these are costs heavy “, which contribute to the increase in final prices, says Divella. The hope “is that the war and the blockade of Ukrainian exports will end as soon as possible”. Although, he concludes, “we need to understand what happens next” and see if Russia will choose to export its grain mainly to India.
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