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25.10.2016: A day to celebrate pasta!

World Pasta Day

Whether fried, in a casserole, in soup or simply with sauce or ketchup, we cannot imagine life without pasta. According to the nutritional report 2016, pasta is one of the most popular dietary staples in Europe. For instance, pasta is the favourite food of many Germans (around 35%). According to UN.A.F.P.A. (Union of organisations of manufacturers of pasta products of the EU) around 3.4 million tonnes of pasta was consumed in the EU in 2015.

A special day has been dedicated to this versatile foodstuff on 25 October. The World Pasta Day has been celebrated annually since 1995. This special day was launched by the World Pasta Congress, established by 40 international pasta and noodles manufacturers, in order to highlight the culinary diversity of pasta and its importance for global nutrition. This gives us enough reason to look more closely at pasta. Here are some facts about pasta that you probably did not know.

Chinese origins?

When you think of pasta, you automatically associate it with Italy. This does not come as a surprise, as approx. 70% of pasta produced in all of Europe comes from Italy. However, noodles were invented in China more than 4000 years ago. It is claimed that Marco Polo brought them to Italy later. The Nagel-Group contributes to supplying these delicious foodstuffs to central warehouses, supermarkets, and restaurants all over Europe through its Europe-wide network from three strategically located sites in Italy.

Name and form

People familiar with pasta can tell what the noodle looks like just by looking at its name. The endings denote the many sizes: "ini" and "ine" mean thin, the word "oni" means thick. While pasta ending with "ette" denotes a narrow shape, the ending with "elle" denotes a wide shape. The addition "rigate" means "ridged" and denotes a furrowed structure. Now that you know this, you will want to pay attention to the endings next time.

Proper storage is very important

If stored properly, dry pasta can last for up to a year. Dry pasta should be kept in a dry place in tightly sealed containers. Proper storage is not just important at home, it is also important while transporting and storing dry pasta in a warehouse. A constant temperature has to be ensured throughout the supply chain. Therefore, pasta is stored in the ambient area. The ideal temperature is between +14 and + 21 degrees Celsius.

Transport Pasta
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Fresh pasta is gaining ground

When you look at the refrigerated shelves in supermarkets, you realise that fresh pasta has become indispensable. However, you could only find ravioli, tortellini, etc. made out of fresh pasta dough on the refrigerated shelves since the early 2000s. Compared with conventional, dry pasta, fresh pasta is handled in the chilled area, with temperatures ranging from +4 to +7 degrees Celsius.

More than just spaghetti

Tortellini, farfalle, and ravioli are known throughout the world. There are more than 600 types of pasta worldwide according to the International Pasta Organisation. With 100 locations in 16 European countries, the Nagel-Group makes a daily contribution by supplying delicious pasta to consumers throughout Europe. This is how you find your favourite pasta, dry or fresh, in the sales outlet of your choice. The only thing left to say is, enjoy your meal!

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