Global Pasta, Noodles & Rice Industry
The global pasta market is expected to reach a volume of almost 18 million tons by 2015, reports Global Industry Analysts. Demand is being fuelled by a rising number of smaller, busy families in need of faster cooked meal options. Pasta consumption is increasing due to the food’s long shelf life, versatility, high nutritional content and ease of preparation.
Rice and noodles are staple foods that have been also gaining in popularity due to their long shelf life, short preparation time and adaptability. Rice provides more than 20% of the calories consumed by people throughout the world, making it the leading grain in terms of nutrition and caloric intake.