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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 2005 2010 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 ± % on
2019
± % on
2018
January 1.360 620 500 549 521 575 688 667 -3,1% +16,0%
February 1.200 685 419 658 494 540 585
March 1.300 1.030 381 608 446 584 716
April 1.160 800 375 375 441 602 784
May 920 600 356 421 482 564 650
June 900 480 338 374 542 457 561
July 1.110 530 325 298 435 416 402
August 1.300 572 321 340 430 422 410
September 950 585 349 301 506 420 408
October 930 540 406 388 481 395 421
November 810 610 469 402 540 472 480
December 805 690 478 444 593 714 537
Jan 1.360 620 500 549 521 575 688 667
% y-o-y ¹ - -54,4% -19,4% +9,8% -5,1% +10,4% +19,7% -3,1%
Total Year 12.745 7.742 4.716 5.155 5.912 6.161 6.641
% y-o-y ¹ - -39,3% -39,1% +9,3% +14,7% +4,2% +7,8%
Last Update: 25-03-2020
1) change from the same period of previous year , except for years 2010, 2015, 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
  = Min Production in the last 5 years
  = Max Production in the last 5 years
UK trade data for the period Jan - Mar 2020 are provisional