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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 2007 2012 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 ± % on
2021
± % on
2020
January 31.486 32.150 32.999 30.786 30.831 32.528 28.710 22.975 -20,0% -29,4%
February 29.544 34.647 30.499 31.383 28.729 38.012 31.600 19.394 -38,6% -49,0%
March 35.391 38.318 38.743 35.402 35.157 38.506 41.906 24.145 -42,4% -37,3%
April 34.655 34.828 36.274 32.023 32.790 40.687 36.243 27.399 -24,4% -32,7%
May 35.680 33.516 34.910 36.074 34.539 38.995 38.267 29.383 -23,2% -24,6%
June 31.441 23.225 23.712 27.837 23.774 32.130 27.203 20.972 -22,9% -34,7%
July 28.634 22.274 15.917 26.826 19.905 28.517 19.484 15.092 -22,5% -47,1%
August 25.974 16.578 17.892 21.511 16.629 27.691 15.115 16.594 +9,8% -40,1%
September 19.504 22.202 19.165 23.042 16.448 22.777 14.778 17.289 +17,0% -24,1%
October 21.547 32.501 16.954 25.962 17.801 21.028 11.662
November 26.286 33.036 22.187 25.354 22.600 19.573 10.965
December 30.488 33.493 29.311 26.395 29.249 22.258 19.523
Jan-Sep 272.309 257.738 250.111 264.884 238.802 299.843 253.306 193.243
% y-o-y ¹ +22,2% -5,4% -3,0% +5,9% -9,8% +25,6% -15,5% -23,7%
Total Year 350.630 356.768 318.563 342.595 308.452 362.702 295.456
% y-o-y ¹ +26,5% +1,8% -10,7% +7,5% -10,0% +17,6% -18,5%
Last Update: 12-10-2022
1) change from the same period of previous year , except for years 2007, 2012, 2017, 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