A Parmigiano Reggiano Update from Giorgio Cravero
Northern Italy suffered a huge blow early Sunday morning, when a magnitude 6.0 earthquake rocked the region. Tragically, seven people were killed, and many historical buildings were demolished.
In addition to the human loss, the cheese industry took a serious blow when shelving in the aging warehouses collapsed, damaging and destroying hundreds of thousands of pounds of cheese. Here at culture, we have been trying to get in touch with producers and affineurs in the region to see how they are doing, and to find out the extent of the damage suffered. We heard from Giorgio Cravero, the highly regarded Parmigiano Reggiano affineur, whose cheeses are exported to the US through Daphne Zepos at Essex Cheese. According to Cravero, "The situation in the production area is TRULY dramatic. The projections speak to around half a million wheels destroyed for an estimated amount of €200 million."
As we hear more, we will be sure to share our updates on the website. In the mean time, our thoughts are with the families and friends of those who died, as well as the producers and affineurs in the region.
A peek at the Cravero aging facilities in better times.: