October Pasta Month Puts Spotlight on North Dakota Durum and Pasta Industries

10/03/2012

The pasta many of us enjoy on a regular basis was likely born on a farm in North Dakota. Pasta is traditionally made from durum wheat, of which North Dakota is the largest producer, and that durum finds its way to consumers’ plates around the country and around the world. North Dakota produces about 50 million bushels of durum each year which equates to 60 percent of the national total and enough durum to make nearly 17 billion servings of spaghetti.

Some of North Dakota’s durum is processed in the state. Minot Milling, based in Minot, ND, is a division of Philadelphia Macaroni and mills durum for internal use and for sale on the open market. Philadelphia Macaroni was started in 1914 and is headquartered in Philadelphia, PA. Dakota Growers Pasta Company, a subsidiary of Viterra, is based in Carrington, ND, and mills durum and manufactures pasta. The North Dakota Mill also mills a small percentage of durum.

The largest portion of North Dakota’s durum is sold to mills across the U.S. and around the world. Italy is consistently the largest buyer of U.S. durum, followed by Algeria, Nigeria and Venezuela. So the next time you are enjoying a healthy and tasty pasta dish, remember it likely was “born” in North Dakota!

Because of the importance of the durum and pasta industries to the state, the North Dakota Wheat Commission (NDWC) will once again be celebrating National Pasta Month in October and Pasta Lovers’ Week October 21-27.

 For additional pasta information and recipes, visit the following websites:

American Italian Pasta Company - www.aipc.com

Dakota Growers Pasta Company, a subsidiary of Viterra – www.viterra.com/pasta

Dreamfields - www.DreamfieldsFoods.com

Philadelphia Macaroni – www.philamacaroni.com

National Pasta Association – www.ilovepasta.org

North Dakota Wheat Commission – www.ndwheat.com

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