Global pasta binge during covid boosts Canada durum-wheat demand

Bundles of fresh handmade pasta sit for sale inside the new Eataly food store at the Kievsky shopping mall in Moscow on May 21, 2017. Foto: Bloomberg photo by Andrey Rudakov

A global binge on comfort food during covid-19 pandemic lockdowns is boosting the prospects for a type of Canadian wheat already in heavy demand from pasta lovers.

Canada's durum exports in the 10 months ended May 31 surged 17% from a year earlier amid lackluster crops in Europe and North Africa. The grain is used in everything from pasta and flatbreads to couscous. Just as output sank in major markets, the coronavirus sparked a wave of panic buying as shoppers filled their carts with staples such as pasta, flour, cereal and crackers...

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