Enjoy a good pasta dish on a terrace on a beautiful summer evening … And if we sprinkle them with a pinch of etymology, they are more … Despite the great popularity of spaghetti, their origin is still debated. However, regardless of origin, whenever we think of pasta, we think of Italy and France which makes sense because they are the biggest pasta eaters of pasta in the whole world? Let’s take a look at statistics.
Italians are the largest consumers of pasta in the world, with 23.5 kilos consumed per person per year, said Wednesday the country’s leading farmers’ union on the occasion of the “Pasta day”.
The 19th edition of this global meeting is centered around Sao Paolo, Brazil, this year, with the theme “a pasta dish to feed the planet”.
According to the International Pulp Organization (IPO) from 1997 to 2016, pasta production increased by 57% from 9.1 tonnes to 14.3 million tonnes. With 3.2 million tonnes per year, Italy produces almost one in four pasta dishes consumed worldwide and remains ahead of the United States, Turkey, and Brazil.
On the consumption side, at 23.5 kilograms a year, Italians are still largely ahead, ahead of Tunisians (16 kilos) and Venezuela (12 kilos) while Salvadorans, the smallest consumers, are content with a small kilogram a year, according to figures from the Union of Pasta Manufacturers Associations in the EU.
And in France?
France consumes about 8 kilos per year and per capita, according to the Union of industrial manufacturers of pasta in France. Panzani is the favorite brand of the French since it accounted for 35.4% of sales in 2014, against 24.7% for private labels, 21.3% in Barilla and 9.4% in Lustucru.
According to the Coldiretti, 20% of Italian families still prepare pasta at home, a trend favored by the success of cooking programs and dedicated websites.
On a side note, if French men, women, and kids grow in kilos because of their unusual consumption of pasta, there’s always a way to trim down through swimming. And if kids are not able to swim, they can always have swimming lessons in Vaughan. For sure, they will lose the calories from all the pasta they consume.