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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
Month 2007 2012 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 ± % on
2021
± % on
2020
January 892 900 521 575 688 702 653 781 +19,6% +11,3%
February 1.050 710 494 540 585 632 665 665 0,0% +5,2%
March 1.045 573 446 584 716 580 832 647 -22,2% +11,6%
April 837 634 441 602 784 787 825 632 -23,4% -19,7%
May 819 703 482 564 650 883 750 608 -18,9% -31,1%
June 654 440 542 457 561 566 509 555 +9,0% -1,9%
July 586 518 435 416 402 502 490 460 -6,1% -8,4%
August 927 462 430 422 410 523 427 476 +11,5% -9,0%
September 644 517 506 420 408 592 458 485 +5,9% -18,1%
October 563 408 481 395 421 502 540
November 749 425 540 472 480 493 574
December 872 567 593 714 537 626 694
Jan-Sep 7.454 5.457 4.298 4.580 5.204 5.767 5.609 5.309
% y-o-y ¹ -14,7% -26,8% -21,2% +6,6% +13,6% +10,8% -2,7% -5,3%
Total Year 9.638 6.857 5.912 6.161 6.641 7.388 7.417
% y-o-y ¹ -4,1% -28,9% -13,8% +4,2% +7,8% +11,2% +0,4%
Last Update: 09-11-2022
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: Consorzio di Tutela
  = Min Production in the last 5 years
  = Max Production in the last 5 years