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 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 ± % vs prev.
month**
± % on
2013
± % on
2012
January
873
620
601
900
452
516
+29,75% +14,16% -42,67%
February
823
685
620
710
436
 
March
1.114
1.030
626
573
487
 
April
1.115
800
571
634
792
 
May
757
600
544
703
771
 
June
638
480
904
440
413
 
July
575
530
650
518
303
 
August
491
572
430
462
519
 
September
558
585
414
517
386
 
October
592
540
490
408
537
 
November
572
610
547
425
384
 
December
691
690
620
567
398
 
Total 8.799 7.742 7.017 6.857 5.878 516
Variation %
-8,49%
-12,01%
-9,36%
-2,29%
-14,27%
+14,16%¹
Last Update: 2014-02-28
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