Parmigiano Reggiano PDO exports grow in the first 9 months of 2022

Sales up +2.9% over the same period in 2021, as exports grow +1.3%. US is the top market for exports, and notable growth was recorded in Spain and Japan

For Parmigiano Reggiano PDO cheese, the first nine months of 2022 ended with a +2.9 percent increase in total sales – amounting to 95,079 tons compared to 92,366 tons sold in the same period in 2021. In 2021, the total consumer turnover was 2.7 billion euros. Exports grew by +1.3% or 43,887 tons of product sold.

Volume export sales of Parmigiano Reggiano PDO in the first 9 months of 2022

Total Exports+2.9%95,079
Source: Parmigiano Reggiano Consortium

Sales grew in Spain (+12.4%, with 999 tons vs 889), the United States, which is the top foreign market (+8.2%, with 10,326 tons vs 9,539), and France (+7.2%, with 9,323 tons vs 8,697). Turnover is also up in Japan, with a +51% growth (632 tons vs. 419), and in Australia: +12.7% (381 tons vs. 338).

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President of the protection Consortium, Nicola Bertinelli says, “the sales trend in the period under consideration confirms the substantial ‘premium’ appetite of consumers, who since the pandemic continue to show loyalty to the values of our PDO product.”

In order to protect the quality of Parmigiano Reggiano PDO, the general assembly of Consortium member dairies addressed the issue of rules governing the production of similar or comparable cheeses. A ban was introduced on the production of other cheeses which are comparable with the Italian “King of Cheeses.”

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