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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 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 ± % vs prev.
month**
± % on
2015
± % on
2014
January 601 900 452 517 500 549 +14,81% +9,80% +6,19%
February 620 710 436 494 419 658 +28,12% +56,93% +33,25%
March 626 573 487 514 381 608 -13,62% +59,52% +18,30%
April 571 634 792 538 375 375 -36,29% 0,00% -30,42%
May 544 703 771 486 356 421 +8,66% +18,18% -13,39%
June 904 440 413 498 338 374 -8,21% +10,70% -24,99%
July 650 518 303 331 325 298 -22,76% -8,36% -9,80%
August 430 462 519 265 321
September 414 517 386 316 349
October 490 408 537 367 406
November 547 425 384 404 469
December 620 567 398 604 478
Jan-Jul 4.517 4.478 3.654 3.377 2.694 3.282
% previous ¹ -4,82% -0,85% -18,39% -7,59% -20,24% +21,83%
Total Year 7.017 6.857 5.878 5.332 4.716
% previous -9,36% -2,29% -14,27% -9,29% -11,55%
Last Update: 2016-09-12
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