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Dakota Growers Pasta Company Dakota Growers Pasta Company DGPC is an agricultural cooperative that processes its membersdurum wheat into flour and pasta products The cooperative was incorporated on December 16 1991 and became fully operational in 1994 By 1998 Dakota Growers was one of the three largest pasta producers in the United States with facilities located in North Dakota and Minnesota It has approximately 1100 members located in North Dakota Minnesota and Montana DGPC was one of the first successful new generation cooperatives in the 1990s Their success has been an inspiration to others Many new cooperatives have used DGPC as a model Industry Profile Formative Stages of DGPC Operations Company Performance Lessons Learned Prairie Pasta Producers Industry Profile In 1998 the US Department of Commerce reported that Americans had been increasing their pasta consumption at an annualized rate of between 2 to 3 percent for the past ten years In the prior year North American pasta consumption exceeded 50 billion pounds On a per capita basis pasta consumption has increased from roughly 7 pounds of pasta in 1984 to 14 pounds in 1994 The increase in consumption is primarily attributable to the fact that pasta is a tasty relatively inexpensive food that is easy and quick to prepare and can be included in many types of dishes including salads and main entrees Products such as boxed pasta dinners and frozen pasta entrees have supported consumersdemands for quick meals to prepare at home Pasta consumed in restaurants has also grown as a result of the increasing trend for Americans to dine away from home Pasta is recognized for its nutritional value along with bread cereal and rice the USDA includes pasta as part of the base of its Food Guide Pyramid The USDA advises people to eat more of these foods than any other type on the Pyramid In recent years pasta makers have also introduced new shapes and varieties of pasta
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