In May Italy exported 9,239 tonnes of milk and cream, an increase in growth of 131% compared to the same month the previous year. These figures confirm the positive trend of the first five months of this year which saw an increase of 28.5%. Packaged milk performed exceptionally with an increase of 262% compared to the previous year.
Despite unfavourable geopolitical conditions, the main importer of milk and cream is Libya. South Korea holds second place having purchased considerable quantities of cream since January. China is third placed followed by Albania.
Italian cheese exports are also growing; they increased by 18.5% in May and by 9.5% during January-May compared to the same period the previous year.
In May alone exports of main cheeses increased in volume –namely, grated or powdered cheese (+40.6%), Pecorino and Fiore Sardo (+38.5%), Gorgonzola (+22.1%), fresh cheese such as mozzarella and ricotta (+16.9%), Grana Padano and Parmigiano Reggiano (+12.7%) and Provolone (+6.5%), whereas Asiago, Montasio, Ragusano and Caciocavallo decreased (-2.1%).
From January-May this year fresh cheese was exported to France (+6% in volume compared to the same period the previous year), the United Kingdom (+20%), Belgium (+10%), Germany (with a superb +91%) and Switzerland (stable with 2%).
In the first five months of this year exports of Grana Padano and Parmigiano Reggiano, two of Italy’s leading food products, went mainly to Germany (despite a 7% decrease in volume exports amounted to an overall market share of 32%), the United States (exports amounted to the same quantity registered in the first five months of the previous year and an overall market share of 15%), France (+13% in volume and a market share of 10%), the United Kingdom (+9% in volume and a market share of 8%) and Switzerland (fifth but with a decrease of 10%).