Pure Flour from Europe initiative drives record exports of Italian organic wheat flour and semolina
Published: October 2, 2023
Category: Organic News
European flour exports topped 337 million euros in 2022, spurred by demand for healthier, organic ingredients
Pure Flour from Europe has triggered a surge in Italian wheat flour and semolina exports, setting industry records with a remarkable value of 337 million euros in 2022. Notably, 14.5% of these exports were sourced from organic agriculture, reflecting the growing consumer demand for healthier and sustainable products.
This success underscores the effectiveness of the Pure Flour from Europe initiative. Sponsored by the Italian Milling Industry Association (ITALMOPA) and co-funded by the European Union, this initiative champions the quality, versatility and uniqueness of European and Italian organic soft wheat, durum wheat flours and semolina flour.
Comparing the 2022 worldwide value of Italian exports of wheat flour and semolina with the pre-campaign year 2021, 2022 saw growth of 92.5 million euros, 11% deriving from exports to the United States and Canada, and 2 million euros from the increased export of organic wheat flour and semolina. Within its first year, the campaign led to an expansion of approximately 150% in organic flour and 60% in semolina exports to Canada and the United States.
Piero Luigi Pianu, director of ITALMOPA, explains, “Our goal is to increase demand among chefs, hospitality professionals, and consumers in international markets like the United States and Canada. European flours, especially Italian, are among the world’s finest in quality, safety and versatility. The EU’s rigorous food safety regulations and dedication to environmental sustainability are crucial in maintaining the vitamins, fibers, minerals, and phytochemicals that make our flours more digestible, aromatic and nutritious.”
Organic & Non-GMO Insights October 2023