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Italy: Piave Cheese Production

This page outlines, in a given period of time, the Italian production of PIAVE P.D.O. cheese, a quality typical cheese offered in various different types.

Production figures are represented, in the given period, on the table and the two graphs here below.
PIAVE Cheese is divided into four commercial types depending on their aging period:
  • fresco (fresh) variety 20-60 days aging
  • mezzano (medium) variety 60-180 days aging
  • vecchio (mature) variety aged over 180 days
  • Selezione Oro (extra-mature) variety aged over 12 months
PIAVE is a hard aged, cooked cheese (moisture less than 40%), in cylindrical shape.

Piave cheese has its name from the Piave river, flowing from the Dolomites mountains (Province of Belluno) Italy.

There is a strong link between the PIAVE cheese and land of origin since dairy farms as well as the milk collected come compulsory from the geographical area of the Province of Belluno. This cheese is produced in traditional 'malga' (typical shepherd's huts in the Alps mountains).

The PIAVE cheese can be easily identified by :
- the brand name stamped on the rind;
- a mark reporting the production lot;
- a silk paper placed on the upper side of the cheese wheel reporting the cheese name,variety and producer's name.

Although PIAVE cheese origin and consumption are traditionally restricted to a specific Italian geographical area, it has recently gained popularity on the international market.

Formaggio Piave
Month 2006 2011 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 ± % on
2020
± % on
2019
January 31.356 30.957 35.507 32.999 30.786 30.831 32.528 28.710 -11,7% -6,9%
February 27.271 30.111 35.975 30.499 31.383 28.729 38.012 31.600 -16,9% +10,0%
March 30.555 28.902 38.089 38.743 35.402 35.157 38.506
April 31.937 31.291 37.054 36.274 32.023 32.790 40.687
May 31.918 29.483 28.817 34.910 36.074 34.539 38.995
June 29.733 24.507 20.012 23.712 27.837 23.774 32.130
July 15.785 20.312 22.293 15.917 26.826 19.905 28.517
August 14.858 20.040 22.451 17.892 21.511 16.629 27.691
September 6.712 20.349 19.910 19.165 23.042 16.448 22.777
October 17.041 22.128 21.134 16.954 25.962 17.801 21.028
November 19.485 23.664 26.715 22.187 25.354 22.600 19.573
December 27.071 29.893 27.111 29.311 26.395 29.249 22.258
Jan-Feb 58.627 61.068 71.482 63.498 62.169 59.560 70.540 60.310
% y-o-y ¹ +10,1% +4,2% +17,1% -11,2% -2,1% -4,2% +18,4% -14,5%
Total Year 283.722 311.637 335.068 318.563 342.595 308.452 362.702
% y-o-y ¹ -4,4% +9,8% +7,5% -4,9% +7,5% -10,0% +17,6%
Last Update: 23-03-2021
1) change from the same period of previous year , except for years 2006, 2011, 2016, where the change is from the same period 5 years ago
Source: Lattebusche
  = Min Production in the last 5 years
  = Max Production in the last 5 years