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Italy: Piave Cheese Production

This page outlines, in a given period of time, the Italian production of PIAVE P.D.O. cheese, a quality typical cheese offered in various different types.

Production figures are represented, in the given period, on the table and the two graphs here below.
PIAVE Cheese is divided into four commercial types depending on their aging period: PIAVE is a hard aged, cooked cheese (moisture less than 40%), in cylindrical shape.

Piave cheese has its name from the Piave river, flowing from the Dolomites mountains (Province of Belluno) Italy.

There is a strong link between the PIAVE cheese and land of origin since dairy farms as well as the milk collected come compulsory from the geographical area of the Province of Belluno. This cheese is produced in traditional 'malga' (typical shepherd's huts in the Alps mountains).

The PIAVE cheese can be easily identified by :
- the brand name stamped on the rind;
- a mark reporting the production lot;
- a silk paper placed on the upper side of the cheese wheel reporting the cheese name,variety and producer's name.

Although PIAVE cheese origin and consumption are traditionally restricted to a specific Italian geographical area, it has recently gained popularity on the international market.

Formaggio Piave
Productions of Piave
Number of wheels  
Month 2004 2009 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 ± % on
2018
± % on
2017
January 31.810 30.522 31.313 36.954 35.507 32.999 30.786 30.831 +0,1% -6,6%
February 26.831 28.175 31.769 33.596 35.975 30.499 31.383 28.729 -8,5% -5,8%
March 36.639 34.013 35.645 38.409 38.089 38.743 35.402
April 34.231 32.814 37.285 36.725 37.054 36.274 32.023
May 37.305 30.815 33.694 34.452 28.817 34.910 36.074
June 27.260 24.309 30.961 29.656 20.012 23.712 27.837
July 19.128 22.050 24.135 24.911 22.293 15.917 26.826
August 11.117 20.024 24.652 27.760 22.451 17.892 21.511
September 18.279 18.205 24.015 26.044 19.910 19.165 23.042
October 19.267 20.290 28.712 28.493 21.134 16.954 25.962
November 22.772 24.864 27.609 26.406 26.715 22.187 25.354
December 28.452 28.310 31.398 28.528 27.111 29.311 26.395
Jan-Feb 58.641 58.697 63.082 70.550 71.482 63.498 62.169 59.560
% y-o-y ¹ +20,6% +0,1% +7,5% +11,8% +1,3% -11,2% -2,1% -4,2%
Total Year 313.091 314.391 361.188 371.934 335.068 318.563 342.595
% y-o-y ¹ +11,0% +0,4% +14,9% +3,0% -9,9% -4,9% +7,5%
Last Update: 02-04-2019
1) change from the same period of previous year , except for years 2004, 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: Lattebusche