IPACK-IMA is set to showcase technology for grain-based products

At IPACK-IMA, established international names will offer innovative solutions for the industry

Pasta, as one of the world’s favourite foods, sees a global production of over 17 million tonnes, with a growth of 1.8% from 2021. In addition, recording a per capita consumption of 23 kg per year, Italy remains the leading global consumer of pasta. More importantly, Italy ranks first among the market leaders, with 3.6 million tonnes in 2022 — recording a rise on 2021 of 3.2% — and a total turnover of €7 billion; it is followed by countries such as Tunisia, with 17 kg per year per capita and Venezuela with 12 kg. In terms of macro areas, 75% of the pasta consumed in Europe and 25% worldwide is produced in Italy.

However, consumers are taking interest in different pasta shapes and sizes, different kinds of packaging, seeking more environmentally conscious options and new consumption methods. Hence, in addition to Tunisia and Venezuela, Greece also accounts for 12%, Peru 9.9%, Chile 9.6%, France 9.1%, and the US 8.8%, of global pasta production.

A globally growing market finds its community

Grain-based food is not just a reflection of tradition — it is an evolving segment that adapts to cultural influences and the internationalisation of markets. This aspect was clear during the latest IPACK-IMA, which focused heavily on said segment, with significant numbers of high-profile global players and visitors.

In terms of turnout, 24% of the total visitors (one in four, then) were from this market, amounting to over 14,000 out of the approximately 60,000 in total that attended the fair.

With regard to packaging machines, those designed for grain-based food — grouped with the pasta, bakery, and milling community at the fair — recorded significant numbers. The turnover in question has amounted to €3.1bn in 2022 alone, and is expected to grow by a further 3.5% for 2023-2027. Countries with the highest growth rate include Egypt with +5%, Brazil with +4.6%, and China with +4.5%. Italy leads production trends with a total turnover of €491m, 190 companies operating in the sector, and an 68% share of exports, most of which are to the US, Germany, and France.

Due to the innovation of businesses and their owners, Italy has emerged as the largest producer, exporter, and consumer of grain-based foods. It but also ranks first for packaging technologies. This combination of achievements has thus made IPACK-IMA a notable event for the entire production chain.

A showcase for technological solutions

Pasta, bakery, and milling is a core area at IPACK-IMA, in particular for the dry pasta production technologies on display. It is also an opportunity to learn more about the world of fresh and stuffed pasta, couscous, baked goods, milling products, cereals, and feed. Some of the processing solutions range from lines for weighing, portioning, stacking, bagging to automatic packaging and palletising systems, from milling and cleaning systems to flour handling, from meal presses to mixing, kneading and extrusion machines, to dies and cutting systems through to industrial cooking and baking systems and drying systems for pasta and rice