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Farm group Coldiretti, which says it represents 1.6 million Italian farmers, attracts a lot of media attention with its demonstrations, including this one in Rome last summer. The message on the sign in a photo from an Italian TV station’s coverage of the demonstration translates as ‘We do not want the Canadian wheat that has glyphosate.’

Italian durum exports hit by labelling rule

Exports to our best long-term customer have plunged 
because of a new labelling rule and safety accusations

Reading Time: 4 minutes Canada needs to fight back to hold on to one of its biggest durum markets, says a top official with the association representing Italian pasta makers. “We know that Canadian durum wheat is excellent for pasta production, but unfortunately some Italian farm organizations have made a very tough campaign against it over the past years,” […] Read more

The Grain Research Laboratory has two missions — to research the properties of grains such as durum and to assess the quality and safety of Canadian grain through things such as analysis of trace elements.

For pasta makers, Canadian durum is eccellente

Texture and colour are key to top-quality pasta and 
Canadian Western Amber durum provides both

Reading Time: < 1 minute Most Italian pasta makers don’t need convincing about the quality of Canadian durum. While some companies have developed lines of pasta using only durum grown in Italy, they tend to be specialty products, partly because pasta makers aren’t able to source large volumes from Italy with the durum quality they need, said Luigi Cristiano Laurenza, […] Read more

The Canada 150 emblem in a durum field. (

Steady to lower durum market expected

CNS Canada — Larger-than-expected production, a seasonal slowdown in demand and looming Italian country-of-origin-labeling regulations all loom over the Canadian durum market, with steady to lower prices anticipated over the next few months. Italian COOL regulations are set to come into effect in mid-February and require pasta makers in the country to segregate foreign durum, […] Read more

Durum wheat. (

Durum strays from typical patterns ahead of new crop

CNS Canada — The durum market has moved off from its normal patterns heading into summer, one market analyst says, while exports are trending lower on the year. “It’s a very unique situation because we’ve got bigger crops coming,” said Jerry Klassen, manager of the Canadian office for Swiss-based GAP SA Grains and Produits. France, […] Read more