Exports of milk and dairy products increased by 6.7% in volume, and by 9.8% in value in the period January-April 2014 compared to the same period of previous year. Fresh Cheeses like Mozzarella and Ricotta were up by 11.2% in volume and by 6% in value with a total of 27,666 tons exported. First destination is France with 8,367 tons, up 13.7% compared to Jan-Apr 2013. Concerning the PDO Cheeses, exports of Grana Padano and Parmigiano Reggiano increased by 7.4% in volume but decreased by 1.6% in value; exports of Gorgonzola increased by 3.7% in volume and by 5.6% in volume. Main importers were Germany and the U.S.
With regard to the imports, purchases of cheese and dairy products also increased in the first 4 months of 2014 (+5% in volume, +13.4% in value), driven by fresh cheeses (+8.5% compared to the same period of previous year. Most important country of origin is Germany. Fresh cheeses, with a total of 55,895 thousand tons account for 34% of total cheese imports.
Imports of packed milk were down 11%, while imports of bulk milk were down 2%, from January to April 2014 in comparison to the same period of 2013. Packed milk was mainly imported from Austria, France and Germany; bulk milk from Germany, France and Slovenia. Imports of Yogurt were up 9.1%, mostly from Germany, Austria, France and Greece.