The Italian Almanac

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Italy exported a record 2 billion kilos of pasta in 2013, up 6% from last year, farmers' group Coldiretti said on World Pasta Day based on data from national statistics' institute Istat. Coldiretti said the boom in exports was partly due to the industry's strategy to offer high-quality pasta made from 100% Italian wheat. Nevertheless, the farmers' group said Italian durum wheat was underpaid this year at 25 cents a kilo with farmers' revenues from sales down 20% which often made them unable to cover production costs.

Europe is Italy's top pasta market with 73% of exports , followed by the US covering 13% of exports and the rest of the world at 14%. China is a booming market with exports up 60% this year, according to Italian Farmers' Confederation CIA. Overall Italy is the world's top pasta producer with an estimated 3.3 million tons worth 4.6 billion euros and the world's top pasta consumer with 26 kilos per person and top exporter with 1.9 million tons, according to data released Friday by CIA.