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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 2003 2008 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 ± % on
2017
± % on
2016
January 490 780 452 517 500 549 521 575 +10,4% +4,8%
February 590 820 436 494 419 658 494 540 +9,3% -17,9%
March 620 1.100 487 514 381 608 446 544 +22,0% -10,5%
April 620 820 792 538 375 375 441 520 +18,0% +38,9%
May 420 710 771 486 356 421 482 477 -1,2% +13,3%
June 600 630 413 498 338 374 542 452 -16,6% +21,0%
July 1.050 760 303 331 325 298 435 416 -4,5% +39,4%
August 980 890 519 265 321 340 430 419 -2,6% +23,2%
September 800 720 386 316 349 301 506
October 910 730 537 367 406 388 481
November 860 730 384 404 469 402 540
December 1.030 925 398 604 478 444 593
Jan-Aug 5.370 6.510 4.174 3.642 3.015 3.622 3.792 3.942
% previous ¹ -36,7% -4,4% -15,5% -12,7% -17,2% +20,1% +4,7% +4,0%
Total Year 8.970 9.615 5.878 5.332 4.716 5.155 5.912
% previous -10,7% -0,2% -14,3% -9,3% -11,6% +9,3% +14,7%
Last Update: 08-10-2018
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: Consorzio di Tutela