Italy: Provolone Valpadana Cheese Production

The data hereafter relate to the Italian output of PROVOLONE VALPADANA cheese (organized by Provinces and by Regions).

Production figures are represented, in the given period, on the table and the graph here below.

N.B.
The Provolone Valpadana is a P.D.O. "pasta filata" cheese.

Its origins are from Southern Italy although nowadays it is produced in other Italian regions. Presently, the main production areas are based in the Venetian Region, in Lombardy and in particular in the province of Cremona (all the three places are located in Northern Italy).

The wheels have various shapes (i.e. mainly pear-shaped, sausage-shaped, melon-shaped...) and therefore various names like Provolone, Pancetta, Gigante, Gigantino, Pancettone, Mandarino... All these wheels are tied with strong twine and then hung up to aging.

Provolone is produced with whole pasteurised cow milk only and it is available in two types: "Dolce" and "Piccante":

- The "Dolce" one has a mild taste; it is produced using veal rennet and is aged for 2-3 months;
- The "Piccante" one has a sharp taste and it is produced using rennet coming from kid and/or lamb rennet. It is aged from a minimum 3 months to over one year.

Both "Dolce" and "Piccante" types can also be smoked.

The price of Provolone Valpadana is quoted on different market places such as Cremona, Milan...

Latteria Soresina Plac CaBre Albiero
Production of Provolone Valpadana
Tons  
Month 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 ± % vs prev.
month**
± % on
2014
± % on
2013
January 620 601 900 452 517 500 -17,26% -3,29% +10,62%
February 685 620 710 436 494 419 -7,16% -15,09% -3,85%
March 1.030 626 573 487 514 381 -17,95% -25,84% -21,83%
April 800 571 634 792 538
May 600 544 703 771 486
June 480 904 440 413 498
July 530 650 518 303 331
August 572 430 462 519 265
September 585 414 517 386 316
October 540 490 408 537 367
November 610 547 425 384 404
December 690 620 567 398 604
Jan-Mar 2.335 1.847 2.183 1.375 1.524 1.300
% previous ¹ -16,89% -20,90% +18,19% -36,99% +10,83% -14,71%
Total Year 7.742 7.017 6.857 5.878 5.332
% previous -12,01% -9,36% -2,29% -14,27% -9,29%
Last Update: 2015-04-30
1) change from the same period of previous year
**: Adjusted for months of 30 days (Ex. The calculation of the production change of June compared to May is obtained by considering [June production] compared to [May production : 31 x 30])
Source: Consorzio di Tutela