Although pasta had the most dramatic food price inflation of all categories, its unit sales are up as the easy-to-prepare staple gains inclusion in many at-home chefs' repertoire. But shoppers aren't blindly slurping oodles of noodles, retailers told SN. With an eye on price — that climbed 21% from 2007 to 2008 — many are forgoing healthy innovations like whole grain and multigrain pastas, opting instead for value-priced conventional varieties and corporate brands. Dollar sales of pasta ...

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