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Italy: Gorgonzola Cheese Production

This page provides, in a given period of time, data related to the Italian production of Gorgonzola cheese, P.D.O., a high quality cheese product, (organized by Regions).

Production figures are represented on the table and the two graphs on a yearly and monthly basis.

N.B.
There are only two Regions, Piemonte and Lombardy, that traditionally produce Gorgonzola cheese. The production in this geographical areas is protected by law as well.

The Gorgonzola is a semi soft uncooked cheese with greenish-blue veins due to the process of erborinature where selected moulds cultures are added during the production process.

The cheese is available in two types depending on its maturity and taste: creamy and soft / mature and mild/sharp). The mild type has a 2 months ripe while the sharp type over 3 months.

The provinces concerned are: Novara, Vercelli, Cuneo, Biella, Verbania and the territory of Casale Monferrato (in Piemonte) and Bergamo, Brescia, Como, Cremona, Lecco, Lodi, Milan, Pavia and Varese (in Lombardy).

The brand of origin is imprinted on both sides of cheese wheel and the consumer has the warranty of authenticity thanks to the visible "G" seal printed on the bottom of the aluminium wrapping. The mark "G" is an exclusive concession by the "Consorzio di tutela del formaggio Gorgonzola" (established in 1970) to the authorised farmers.

The Gorgonzola cheese is quoted on the markets of Novara and Milan.


Consorzio Gorgonzola


Caseificio Defendi Arrigoni Formaggi Igor
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Production of Gorgonzola (20 days)
Number of wheels  
Month 2004 2009 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 ± % on
2018
± % on
2017
January 352.079 343.552 375.286 401.681 388.711 427.660 430.025 466.447 +8,5% +9,1%
February 302.410 321.578 357.058 358.596 376.716 372.111 382.470
March 341.383 343.055 386.761 388.546 391.466 401.968 406.928
April 276.357 301.039 370.328 360.241 345.391 340.854 375.368
May 262.232 254.794 341.056 344.405 337.495 369.600 375.411
June 279.111 276.517 295.827 339.157 327.184 322.556 356.112
July 331.720 344.406 373.402 330.623 362.528 383.204 400.527
August 359.411 349.611 376.757 362.408 415.884 422.726 433.717
September 382.614 384.462 410.112 395.904 418.367 432.433 420.797
October 361.549 367.221 400.347 423.593 412.748 441.865 437.241
November 340.251 326.130 351.282 383.208 398.062 401.844 411.811
December 379.430 358.025 405.322 412.875 406.603 415.894 418.896
Jan 352.079 343.552 375.286 401.681 388.711 427.660 430.025 466.447
% y-o-y ¹ -2,1% -7,5% +6,6% +7,0% -3,2% +10,0% +0,6% +8,5%
Total Year 3.968.547 3.970.390 4.443.538 4.501.237 4.581.155 4.732.715 4.849.303
% y-o-y +2,3% -2,2% +6,4% +1,3% +1,8% +3,3% +2,5%
Last Update: 11-02-2019
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