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Italy: Dairy sector

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Italy has a prominent position in the European dairy industry: it is the largest producer Country of PDO Cheeses.





This Country:
  • accounts for 8,2% of EU milk deliveries (year 2017),
  • exports dairy products, converted into milk equivalent (ME) for the 29,3% of the milk deliveries,
  • accounts for 4,7% of EU dairy exports in ME (year 2018).
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ITALY: DAIRY SECTOR
(1° January - 31 December)
  x 1.000 ton
RAW MATERIAL AREA 2015 2016 2017 2018 2018 2019 % Period
Cow's Milk

The charts below are a snapshot of the current structuring and herd size of dairy farms in the four most productive Italian Regions. Comparisons should be made based on the overall structure and not on absolute values (the scales in the various charts differ).



Data taken from page Italy: Dairy Farm Structure    Visit the page

Dairy cows ('000 head) (Al 1st December) 1.826 1.822 1.791 1.693
Slaughtered cow ('000) 544 566 527 573 184 178 -3,2% Jan-Apr 2019
Export of Breeding Heifers (HS 01022110 - 000' heads) 1.890 979 1.074 860 373 248 -33,5% Jan-Apr 2019
Import of Breeding Heifers (HS 01022110 - 000' heads) 23.948 32.564 27.271 24.232 10.219 5.747 -43,8% Jan-Apr 2019
Milk production 11.426 11.886 12.199 -
± % Over the same period of the previous year +4,0% +2,6%
Deliveries to dairies 11.162 11.527 11.953 12.079 5.380 5.285 (e) -1,8% Jan-May 2019
± % Over the same period of the previous year +3,3% +3,7% +1,1%
% Proteine 3,36% 3,38% 3,45% 3,42% 3,40% 3,41%   Jan-May 2019
% Materia Grassa 3,80% 3,83% 3,79% 3,80% 3,80% 3,83%   Jan-May 2019
Farm-gate prices of raw milk Lombardy (€ x 100 lt, + VAT not incl.) 36,17 34,63 38,58 37,38 37,08 40,50 +9,2% Jan-Jun 2019
± % Over the same period of the previous year -4,3% +11,4% -3,1%
Buffalo's - Goat's - Sheep's Milk
Number of Buffaloes ('000) 374 385 401
Number of Goats ('000) 962 1.026 992 986
Number of Sheeps ('000) 7.149 7.285 7.215 7.179
Sheep's Milk Delivered to dairies (Cod.Eurostat D1120D) 398 425 427 463
Goat's Milk Delivered to dairies (Cod.Eurostat D1130D) 33 32 37 43
Buffalo's Milk Delivered to dairies (Cod.Eurostat D1140D) 195 199 211 215
DAIRY PRODUCTION ('000 Ton) 2015 2016 2017 2018 2018 2019 % Period
Liquid milk 2.511 2.428 2.459 2.352 592 618 +4,5% Jan-Mar 2019
Cream 124 131 132 139 34 34 +2,1% Jan-Mar 2019
Butter 96 95 91 90 25 25 +0,1% Jan-Mar 2019
a)Cheese from cow milk 1.086 1.104 1.129 1.101 270 277 +2,6% Jan-Mar 2019
of which:
PDO 432 441 455 457
b)Cheese from other milk 121 129 132
of which:
PDO 76 86 81 89
Totale Formaggi[a+b] 1.207 1.232 1.261
-Hard cheeses 442 448 464
Grana Padano PDO 183 186 190 191 108 110 (e) +1,8% Jan-Jun 2019
Parmigiano Reggiano PDO 133 140 147 148 77 77 (e) +0,2% Jan-Jun 2019
Other Grana Cheeses 27 26 26
Pecorino Romano PDO (Dairy Season) 29 36 28 34 33 25 -21,9% Oct/18-Jun/19
Other sheep cheeses PDO (Toscano, Siciliano, Filiano, Sardo) 4,4 5,2 5,3 5,2
Other hard cheeses (Asiago, Montasio, ecc.) 69 61 69
- Semi-hard cheeses 100 100 94
Provolone Valpadana PDO 9,4 10 12 12 1,1 1,3 +13,7% Jan-Feb 2019
Other Provolone cheeses 30 31 31
Caciocavallo 7,4 6,7 8,0
Fontina PDO 4,0 3,7 3,5 4,3
Other semi-hard cheeses (Emmental, Fontina,ecc) 49 48 40
- Soft cheeses 151 156 169
Italico 4,6 4,1 3,2
Taleggio PDO 9,0 8,9 8,9 8,8 4,1 4,1 +0,3% Jan-Jun 2019
Gorgonzola PDO 54 55 57 58 28 29 (e) +4,1% Jan-Jun 2019
Other Gorgonzola cheeses 4,5 10 12
Crescenza and Stracchino 41 46 44
Other soft cheeses (Cheeses of all types, etc.) 38 32 44
- Fresh cheeses 513 528 535
Mozzarella di Bufala Campana PDO 41 44 47 49 19 19 +0,7% Jan-May 2019
Mozzarella di Bufala 22 22 24
Other fresh cheeses (robiola, scamorza, mascarpone, etc.) 450 461 464
Processed cheese 42 38 39
Milk based beverages 4,5 4,2 5,5
Other fresh products 9,5 9,4 8,3
Fermented milk (Yogurt and others) 323 316 325 282 68 71 +4,6% Jan-Mar 2019
IMPORT 2015 2016 2017 2018 Jan-Apr of which Extra EU
2018
2019
%
2018
2019
%
Bulk milk (NC8 04012099+04012019+04011090) TOP exporters 1.556 1.338 1.138 1.126
315
362
+14,8%
0,0
0,0
+10,4%
Whole Milk (NC8 04012099) TOP exporters 1.101 950 793 766
210
234
+11,5%
-
-
-
Semi-skimmed milk (NC8 04012019) TOP exporters 28 23 24 12
2,7
3,3
+24,9%
-
-
-
Skimmed milk (NC8 04011090) TOP exporters 427 365 320 347
103
124
+21,3%
0,0
0,0
+10,4%
Milk packed (NC8 04011010+04012011+04012091) TOP exporters 461 425 385 356
125
105
-15,6%
0,0
0,0
+7,6%
Whole Milk (NC8 04012091) TOP exporters 142 145 129 120
43
39
-11,1%
0,0
0,0
+6,6%
Semi-skimmed milk (NC8 04012011) TOP exporters 295 252 229 212
72
62
-14,3%
0,0
0,0
+9,6%
Skimmed milk (NC8 04011010) TOP exporters 25 28 28 24
9,3
4,9
-47,1%
-
-
-
Condensed milk (NC8 040291+040299) TOP exporters 16 21 19 21
7,0
6,5
-6,3%
-
-
-
Bulk Cream 1) TOP exporters 74 72 68 72
20
20
-0,3%
0,3
0,3
+4,8%
Packed Cream 2) TOP exporters 15 14 12 13
4,7
4,0
-14,2%
-
-
-
Yogurt (HS 040310) TOP exporters 164 169 165 166
53
55
+3,3%
0,0
0,0
+12,2%
Fermented milk (HS 040390) TOP exporters 76 80 89 94
33
29
-11,7%
0,0
0,0
+266,7%
Butter (HS 0405) TOP exporters 74 65 61 65
22
25
+14,6%
0,0
0,0
+94,4%
of which:
Butter 82% (NC8 04051019) TOP exporters 22 18 17 16
5,3
5,6
+5,1%
-
-
-
Cheese (HS 0406) TOP exporters 511 518 510 521
166
174
+5,2%
3,4
3,8
+3,9%
Edam cheese(NC8 04069023) TOP exporters 31 31 30 30
10
9,7
-2,6%
-
-
-
Emmental (NC8 04069013) TOP exporters 24 25 24 24
8,1
8,4
+3,8%
1,6
1,6
+0,2%
Hard cheeses (not PDO) (NC8 04069069) TOP exporters 22 22 21 26
8,2
9,5
+15,4%
-
-
-
Fresh cheeses (NC8 04061020)3 TOP exporters 175 190 195 201
61
66
+7,7%
0,0
0,0
-55,6%
Processed cheeses (NC8 040630) TOP exporters 35 30 29 35
11
13
+16,9%
0,3
0,3
+3,2%
Full fat cheeses (NC8 04069087)5 TOP exporters 46 42 37 35
12
11
-10,4%
0,5
0,3
-14,7%
WMP (whole milk powder - HS 040221+040229) TOP exporters 25 33 31 34
12
12
-0,1%
-
-
-
SMP (skimmed milk powder - HS 040210) TOP exporters 78 69 72 88
28
31
+13,1%
0,0
0,0
0,0%
Whey powder (HS 0404) TOP exporters 141 118 111 113
31
34
+11,5%
0,0
0,0
+8,0%
of which:
Sweet dairy Whey (12% protein) e WPC (HS 040410) TOP exporters 71 61 56 59
18
24
+29,6%
0,0
0,0
+8,0%
Casein (HS 350110) TOP exporters 9,0 8,3 7,5 7,2
2,8
2,1
-24,7%
0,1
0,1
-1,4%
Caseinates (HS 350190) TOP exporters 1,8 2,0 2,1 2,0
0,7
0,6
-6,4%
0,0
0,0
0,0%
Lactose pharmaceutical (HS 170211) TOP exporters 11 11 15 15
5,1
7,1
+39,6%
0,0
0,0
+14,8%
Lactose edible (HS 170219) TOP exporters 0,7 1,5 0,4 0,7
0,1
0,2
+191,1%
0,0
0,0
+5,9%
Soya-based beverages (protein content >=2,8 %) n.a. 46 51 38
16
8,6
-46,6%
0,0
0,0
-67,1%
Soya-based beverages (protein content of <2.8%)
based on nuts, cereals or seeds
n.a. 1,8 6,2 5,1
0,8
3,6
+359,9%
0,0
0,0
+215,5%
Non-alcoholic beverages containing < 0,2% fats
derived from milk or milk products
4,9 4,8 3,4 4,0
1,2
1,7
+46,2%
0,0
0,0
-54,1%
EXPORT 2015 2016 2017 2018 Jan-Apr of which Extra EU
2018
2019
%
2018
2019
%
Milk packed (NC8 04011010+04012011+04012091) TOP Importers 24 53 71 51
12
20
+68,6%
9,1
18
+92,9%
Whole Milk (NC8 04012091)
TOP Importers
11 36 46 36
8,0
15
+90,5%
6,7
14
+113,8%
Semi-skimmed milk (NC8 04012011)
TOP Importers
7,2 10 16 9,2
2,6
3,4
+34,6%
1,8
2,8
+57,2%
Skimmed milk (NC8 04011010)
TOP Importers
6,1 7,2 9,9 6,1
1,1
1,0
-10,7%
0,7
0,5
-21,1%
Condensed milk (NC8 040291+040299) TOP Importers 7,8 7,4 5,9 5,8
1,4
0,3
-78,7%
0,1
0,1
-32,5%
Bulk Cream 1) TOP Importers 4,9 13 17 12
5,9
3,9
-32,9%
3,5
1,7
-52,2%
Packed Cream 2) TOP Importers 3,0 5,2 4,1 5,3
1,9
4,1
+118,9%
0,9
3,2
+266,1%
Yogurt (HS 040310) TOP Importers 4,1 4,7 4,4 4,2
1,1
1,3
+12,5%
0,1
0,2
+70,5%
Fermented milk (HS 040390) TOP Importers 2,3 2,9 2,6 2,7
0,8
1,2
+41,0%
0,1
0,2
+168,1%
SMP (skimmed milk powder - HS 040210) TOP Importers 12 5,2 5,8 9,5
2,1
2,6
+21,1%
0,3
0,2
-38,5%
Butter (HS 0405) TOP Importers 9,4 8,7 8,1 11
2,9
3,6
+24,2%
0,2
0,2
+6,6%
Cheese (HS 0406) TOP Importers 358 389 415 418
129
140
+8,4%
31
34
+11,3%
Asiago (NC8 04069075)
TOP Importers
2,0 2,1 2,1 1,6
0,5
0,5
+6,4%
0,3
0,4
+12,7%
Fiore sardo, Pecorino (NC8 04069063)
TOP Importers
17 18 22 16
5,3
6,7
+27,2%
3,7
4,9
+32,2%
Fresh cheeses (NC8 04061020)3
TOP Importers
112 127 142 145
43
46
+7,8%
6,1
6,8
+10,5%
Grated or powdered cheeses (NC8 04062090)4
TOP Importers
32 37 43 45
15
16
+10,2%
1,5
1,7
+8,0%
Gorgonzola (NC8 04064050)
TOP Importers
19 20 21 21
6,8
7,5
+10,6%
0,9
1,0
+3,8%
G.Padano DOP e P.Reggiano DOP (NC8 04069061)
TOP Importers
86 90 89 94
29
31
+4,9%
10
11
+6,4%
Provolone (NC8 04069073)
TOP Importers
5,5 5,8 6,2 7,2
2,4
2,5
+4,8%
0,5
0,5
-5,6%
Whey powder (HS 0404) TOP Importers 437 371 445 427
152
132
-13,0%
2,0
3,0
+47,6%
of which:
Sweet dairy Whey (12% protein) e WPC (HS 040410) TOP Importers 399 337 411 381
136
114
-15,6%
2,0
2,9
+47,7%
Lactose pharmaceutical (HS 170211) TOP Importers 28 30 30 29
9,3
9,8
+5,4%
3,4
4,6
+37,7%
Soya-based beverages (protein content >=2,8 %) n.a. 26 24 27
10
7,8
-25,1%
1,7
1,2
-30,7%
Soya-based beverages (protein content of <2.8%)
based on nuts, cereals or seeds
n.a. 70 152 149
48
53
+11,6%
2,6
3,6
+39,2%
Non-alcoholic beverages containing < 0,2% fats
derived from milk or milk products
1,4 3,2 0,6 1,0
0,3
0,8
+171,5%
0,2
0,2
-15,2%
APPARENT DOMESTIC CONSUMPTION 2015 2016 2017 2018 2018 2019 % Period
Butter 160 152 144 144
Cheese 1.360 1.362 1.356
of which:
Fresh cheeses 576 592 589
Fermented milk (Yogurt and other) 557 558 572 535
PER CAPITA CONSUMPTION (Kg) 2015 2016 2017 2018 2018 2019 % Period
Butter 2,7 2,6 2,4 2,4
Cheese 23 23 23
of which:
Fresh cheeses 9,7 10,0 9,9
Fermented milk (Yogurt and other) 9,4 9,4 9,6 9,0
% Self-sufficiency 77,4% 80,6% 84,5% 82,7%
SOCIO-ECONOMIC INDICATORS 2015 2016 2017 2018 2018 2019(f) % Period
GDP (gross domestic product) 0,80% 1,23% 1,75% 0,73% 0,18% Jan-Dic 2019
CPI (consumer price index) 0,11% -0,05% 1,33% 1,24% 0,83% Jan-Dic 2019
Population ('000) 60.796 60.666 60.589 60.484
GDP per capita (U.S. dollars) 34.829 (e) 35.472 (e) 36.184 (e)
GDP per capita (€) * 31.392(e) 32.046(e) 32.934(e)

(f): forecast
n.a.: not available
(e): Estimated CLAL

1) up to 2011/12/31 NC8 04013019+04013039+04013099; from 2012/01/01 NC8 04014090+04015019+04015039+04015099.
2) up to 2011/12/31 NC8 04013011+04013031+04013091; from 2012/01/01 NC8 04014010+04015011+04015031+04015091.
3) up to 2014/12/31 NC8 04061020; from 2015/01/01 NC8 04061030 + 04061050;
4) up to 2014/12/31 NC8 04062090; from 2015/01/01 NC8 04062000;
5) up to 2014/12/31 NC8 04069087; from 2015/01/01 NC8 04069074 + 04069089;

NOTE:
     - Apparent domestic consumption are calculated using the following formula: Production + Import - Export
     - Per capita consumption are obtained dividing the apparent consumption by the population (Source Eurostat)
     - The self-sufficiency rate is calculated, up to 2018, on the total deliveries of cow’s milk + production of buffalo, sheep and goat’s milk. For 2019 it is calculated only on deliveries of cow’s milk.

SOURCES
Raw material area: Dairy cows and Deliveries of other milk: ISTAT; Deliveries to dairies: AGEA; Milk Production, % Protein and % Fat: Eurostat; Import/Export di Breeding Heifers: IHS; Farm-gate milk price in Lombardy: Processed by CLAL; Number of Goats, Sheeps and Bufaloes: Eurostat (dataset: apro_mt_lsgoat, apro_mt_lssheep, apro_mt_lscatl );
Dairy production: Processed by CLAL on ISTAT and Protection Consortium data;
Import: ISTAT
Export: ISTAT
GDP and CPI: Intesa Sanpaolo
GDP per capita: International Monetary Found
Population: Eurostat
Note: The Self-sufficiency rate at the moment does not consider the trade of FFMP (fat-filled milk powder) - HS 190190, milk powder that has a fat content similar to whole milk powder, but instead of butterfat contains vegetable fats.

Last update: 18-07-2019
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