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03/08/2021

Parmigiano Reggiano Consortium reports record year in 2020

Overall, members of the consortium produced 3.94 million wheels of cheese in 2020, marking the highest number in the cheese’s history.
David Salazar
Managing Editor
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Parmigiano-Reggiano had a record 2020 in spite of the pandemic. The Parmigiano Reggiano Consortium reported that total production of the cheese was up 4.9% year over year, with a 7.9% growth in Italian sales and 10.7% sales growth in other countries.  

Overall, members of the consortium produced 3.94 million wheels of cheese in 2020, marking the highest number in the cheese’s history and the culmination of a four-year period that saw a 13.5% increase in production.

“Despite the difficulties associated with the pandemic, Parmigiano Reggiano ended 2020 with a successful result that has rewarded the reputation, the quality of the [protected designation of origin] product with the highest value in the world,” said Nicola Bertinelli, president of the Parmigiano Reggiano Consortium. “Consumers forced to give up out-of-home meals for several months have shown their preferences very clearly on all markets.  We are ready to deal with a challenging 2021: the Parmigiano-Reggiano brand can become a true global brand and we are working in this direction.”

The consortium also reported a growing global audience for Parmigiano-Reggiano, with the United States making up 20% of the consortium’s overall exports, followed by France at 19%, Germany at 18%, the United Kingdom at 13% and Canada at 5%. U.K. consumers were the source of the most growth, with exports to the country up 21.8% year over year. The U.S. market saw growth of 1.9% while emerging market Australia saw an 85.4% uptick in exports.