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June 01, 2020 | AgWeek
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Durum, Pasta Industry Copes with Volatile Demand

CGI Executive: Food chain is stable

Pasta and other “shelf-stable” stables like pulse crops are “flying off the grocery shelves” in the era of COVID-19 social distancing, but it’s important for consumers to understand that the food chain is stable, says an executive for Columbia Grain International, reports AgWeek.

Columbia Grain has seen a “nearby surge” of about 25% in durum sales and processing.

Kurt Haarmann, senior vice president of Columbia Grain International, based in Portland, said the food industry — producers, to handlers, to processors — are on the job and ready for increasing demand.

It’s important for consumers to understand that the food chain is stable, despite occasional spot shortages of pasta, and other staples, he says.

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