More Cheeses Every Year

In the first seven months of 2013, Italian cheese exports to China increased by 29.5% and reached a volume of 571 tons. The figures remained modest in terms of overall value, but the percentage increase is a sign of the medium term trend that sees Chinese imports of Italy’s cheeses at double-digit growth.

This year, fresh cheeses have accounted for the lion’s share. Deliveries of Mozzarella, Ricotta and other fresh cheese grew by 43.50%. The data came from the Italian dairy producer’s union Assolatte, which provides support for companies wishing to export to China through a direct relationship with AQSIQ, the local authority in charge of checking food quality and safety.

According to the consulting body CLAL, a look at the performance of total exports to China and Hong Kong over the last 5 years shows a leap from a 400 ton load in 2009 to more than 1,000 today. The composition of the offer, though the quantities vary every year, covers the whole range of Italian cheese families: fresh, fatty and hard, like Parmigiano Reggiano and Grana Padano.