The demand for pasta in large parts of the world is increasing, and it is no wonder. Pasta has always had the characteristic of being ductile, simple to prepare and cook, nutritious, and very satisfying to the palate. Its cost-benefit ratio is extremely convenient, it can be stored for a long time, it is suitable for the cuisine of different social classes and, depending on the sauce one uses to season it, it may suit nearly all gastronomic cultures in the world.
Turkey as one of the world’s leading players in pasta production
Not all countries can produce pasta, for durum wheat – one of its main components – only grows in specific areas of the world. According to the data of the IPO, the International Pasta Organization, Turkey is the third largest pasta producing country in the world, with ca. 1,8 million tons of pasta being produced every year. It follows Italy (3,5 million tons, and the USA, 2 million tons).
Nonetheless, Turkey is not among the top countries where pasta is more consumed, for these are Italy, Tunisia, Venezuela, Greece, and Peru. At the same time, Turkey ranks 2nd in exports after Italy. In fact, the domestic market does not need to import big quantities of durum wheat, and all imports are destined to export products.