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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 2004 2009 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 ± % on
2018
± % on
2017
January 1.130 873 517 500 549 521 575 683 +18,8% +31,1%
February 1.080 823 494 419 658 494 540 585 +8,3% +18,4%
March 1.230 1.114 514 381 608 446 584
April 1.490 1.115 538 375 375 441 602
May 1.310 757 486 356 421 482 564
June 1.250 638 498 338 374 542 457
July 1.310 575 331 325 298 435 416
August 1.100 491 265 321 340 430 422
September 800 558 316 349 301 506 420
October 750 592 367 406 388 481 395
November 910 572 404 469 402 540 472
December 1.110 691 604 478 444 593 714
Jan-Feb 2.210 1.696 1.011 919 1.207 1.015 1.115 1.268
% y-o-y ¹ - -23,3% -40,4% -9,1% +31,3% -15,9% +9,8% +13,7%
Total Year 13.470 8.799 5.332 4.716 5.155 5.912 6.161
% y-o-y ¹ - -34,7% -39,4% -11,6% +9,3% +14,7% +4,2%
Last Update: 17-04-2019
1) change from the same period of previous year , except for years 2009, 2014, where the change is from the same period 5 years ago
**: 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