Pasta price increases: an increase of 38% is expected at the end of January. The causes are the increase in the cost of energy and the growth of global demand
Bad news for the pockets of Italians already burdened by the economic difficulties deriving from the pandemic of Covid. The price of the grain has skyrocketed (+ 70% from June to today) and has caused a chain rise in food prices that are widespread starting from pasta, bread And Flour. Already today a kilo of pasta which cost in September 1.10 euros at large retailers today a 1.40 euros and by the end of January it is estimated that the price could reach 1.52 euros (+ 38%).
The price increases are attributable to increases in energy costs, which according to the leader of the Matteo Salvini League they are an underestimated problem so much that they have to push the country to go back to nuclear power, but also to greater spending for the entire supply chain, starting from the cost of agricultural vehicles up to plant protection products and fertilizers, which in some cases has even tripled.
“Despite this, the Italian durum wheat it is paid to domestic farmers less than that coming from abroad which accounts for 40% of the production of pasta. – he claims Coldiretti – Production imported into Italy, especially since Canada, is also obtained with the use of a chemical herbicide Glyphosate in pre-collection, 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 “.
Pasta recalls, Coldiretti: “We need to work for supply chain agreements between agricultural and industrial companies”
To the increase in the cost of energy is then added the increase in consumption at a global level with the China first and foremost that it has influenced the prices of wheat when the economy is recovering and climate changes that negatively affect crops. Russia And Canada, two of the major importing countries, in fact had to face a severe drought in 2021. “To stop speculation at the international level and guarantee the availability of wheat – continues Coldiretti – it is necessary to work for supply chain agreements between agricultural and industrial enterprises with precise qualitative and quantitative objectives and fair prices that never fall below production costs, as envisaged by the new law to combat unfair practices “.
The fear is that the increases could become structural in 2022 and weigh heavily on the budget of Italian families, which in the meantime according to the latest data Istat they have already started to reduce spending on foodstuffs since November (- 0.9%).
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