Pasta makers have noted the risk of price increase linked to a shortage of durum wheat in Canada due to the unusual heatwave that hit the world’s leading durum wheat producer this summer.
Despite the concern expressed by pasta producers over the threat of a durum wheat shortage, the president of the National Federation of Farmers’ Unions (Fnsea) was reassuring about a possible price increase for consumers. “We need to put things into perspective” – says Christiane Lambert on Bfm Business. “For instance, if the price of durum wheat increases by 10%, this will represent four cents more per kilo of pasta. We eat 9.1 kg, that is 36 cents per person per year”. In France, the price of durum wheat has already risen by around 30% in one month, an increase of 110 euros per tonne – Fnsea points out in an internal note.