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 Italian Dairy Exports Set New Record  

Italian cheese and dairy-product exports rose to a new record of €2.2 billion in 2014, an increase of 4.8 percent in value on 2013, according to farm research body ISMEA. In terms of volume, growth was 3.3 percent, to 331,000 tons.


This result was achieved despite the crisis in Ukraine, which has almost halved shipments to Moscow.


Impressive results were obtained in Eastern Europe, particularly Poland, Czech Republic and Romania, with an increase in volume by 18 percent, 9 percent, and 22 percent, respectively. Encouraging results came, albeit at a still small market share, in China (+41 percent), Korea (+26 percent) and the UAE (+28 percent), with positive trends also in France (4.3 percent), Germany (+6.5 percent) and the UK (+1.9 percent).


Among the various segments, ISMEA highlights a positive trend for fresh cheese (+3.1 percent in volume), certified grana cheese (+3.4 percent), provolone (+7.2 percent), gorgonzola (+2.7 percent) and grated cheese (+9.7 percent).


In particular, sales of fresh cheeses grew, especially in Germany (+8.2 percent in volume) and in France (+7.0 percent), compared with a decline in the UK (-2.5 percent).


Grana Padano and Parmigiano Reggiano, by contrast, recorded the highest increase in the UK (+9.1 percent), but grew less in the German and French markets (+3.7 percent and +2.1 percent, respectively), with a setback in the US (-5.2 percent). For its part, gorgonzola was much appreciated in the Netherlands (+13.9 percent in volume) and the UK (+7.3 percent).


In Italy, cheese sales were down 5.7 percent in 2014 (for a total of 659 million kg sold) and in volume by 4.7 percent, to nearly €7 million, according to Nielsen data.

Source: European Supermarket News


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