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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: 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
Productions of Piave
Number of wheels  
Month 2003 2008 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 ± % on
2017
± % on
2016
January 32.449 32.554 36.033 31.313 36.954 35.507 32.999 30.786 -6,7% -13,3%
February 32.853 30.580 31.713 31.769 33.596 35.975 30.499 31.383 +2,9% -12,8%
March 38.100 33.865 31.951 35.645 38.409 38.089 38.743 35.402 -8,6% -7,1%
April 39.059 32.839 34.981 37.285 36.725 37.054 36.274 32.023 -11,7% -13,6%
May 40.565 31.705 32.584 33.694 34.452 28.817 34.910 36.074 +3,3% +25,2%
June 28.218 29.480 25.237 30.961 29.656 20.012 23.712 27.837 +17,4% +39,1%
July 27.964 26.547 19.018 24.135 24.911 22.293 15.917 26.826 +68,5% +20,3%
August 17.168 21.655 12.576 24.652 27.760 22.451 17.892 21.511 +20,2% -4,2%
September 18.405 23.266 13.543 24.015 26.044 19.910 19.165 23.042 +20,2% +15,7%
October 17.925 24.361 23.678 28.712 28.493 21.134 16.954 25.962 +53,1% +22,8%
November 18.546 22.652 25.889 27.609 26.406 26.715 22.187
December 28.770 27.135 30.174 31.398 28.528 27.111 29.311
Jan-Oct 292.706 286.852 261.314 302.181 317.000 281.242 267.065 290.846
% previous ¹ +25,0% -2,4% -10,0% +15,6% +4,9% -11,3% -5,0% +8,9%
Total Year 340.022 336.639 317.377 361.188 371.934 335.068 318.563
% previous +22,6% -4,0% -11,0% +13,8% +3,0% -9,9% -4,9%
Last Update: 07-12-2018
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: Lattebusche