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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 2006 2011 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 ± % on
2020
± % on
2019
January 835 601 549 521 575 688 702 653 -7,0% -5,1%
February 885 620 658 494 540 585 632 665 +5,2% +13,7%
March 900 626 608 446 584 716 580 832 +43,4% +16,2%
April 1.100 571 375 441 602 784 787 825 +4,8% +5,2%
May 800 544 421 482 564 650 883
June 780 904 374 542 457 561 566
July 700 650 298 435 416 402 502
August 850 430 340 430 422 410 523
September 730 414 301 506 420 408 592
October 670 490 388 481 395 421 502
November 650 547 402 540 472 480 493
December 730 620 444 593 714 537 626
Jan-Apr 3.720 2.418 2.189 1.902 2.301 2.773 2.701 2.975
% y-o-y ¹ -56,0% -35,0% -9,5% -13,1% +21,0% +20,5% -2,6% +10,1%
Total Year 9.630 7.017 5.155 5.912 6.161 6.641 7.388
% y-o-y ¹ -54,8% -27,1% -26,5% +14,7% +4,2% +7,8% +11,2%
Last Update: 09-06-2021
1) change from the same period of previous year , except for years 2006, 2011, 2016, 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