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Tighter supplies, solid demand underpin durum bids

MarketsFarm — Tighter global supplies are keeping the Canadian durum market well supported this winter, with firmer prices likely when the Port of Thunder Bay reopens for the spring. “We’re seeing a very strong export demand for durum,” said Jerry Klassen, manager of Canadian operations for Swiss-based GAP S.A. Grains and Products in Winnipeg. Canada […] Read more

Late North American durum faces quality downgrades

MarketsFarm — Cool and wet conditions delaying harvest operations across North America’s durum-growing regions are cutting into the quality of the crop in both the U.S. and Canada, with widening price spreads likely going forward. “It’s been a challenging harvest,” said Erica Olson, marketing specialist with the North Dakota Wheat Commission. “We did have some […] Read more



Durum markets rattled as harvest set to start

CNS Canada — With the durum wheat harvest rapidly approaching in Western Canada, many analysts wonder how the dry conditions and extreme heat will affect yields. Yet there is one aspect about this year’s crop they already know. Increased seeded acreage this spring, and market access problems hindering longer-term durum sales, mean farmers might want […] Read more


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

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

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


Nothing to write home about but durum is getting second looks

This could be a year when half bad looks pretty decent, and that’s why durum is getting some attention

Pulse acres are expected to drop this year, and while many are predicting a corresponding rise in canola acres, another crop is drumming up some interest among producers. “I’ll be interested to see what happens this year with the possible decrease in pulses that could happen in Canada due to all the tariffs,” said Keldon […] Read more

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