Earthquake in Italy

Published May 24, 2012 by Tony

The Parmigiano industry is on its knee

The Parmigiano Reggiano and Grana Padano forms, aligned in the long shelves for seasoning, are the Emilia Romagna’s economy symbol. Now, after the earthquake on Saturday night, seem to have become the symbol of the disaster, especially in the provinces of Modena and Ferrara. One of the products that best represent Italy in the world has suffered serious damage: stores, farms, stables, barns and greenhouses collapsed, with estimated damages exceeding 200 million euros. Nearly 10% of Italian production of Parmesan cheese and 2% of that of Grana Padano cheese damaged by the earthquake. A tragedy that has undermined not only agriculture, because in Emilia Romagna there are other important industries as Ferrari and Lamborghini cars. In areas hardest hit by the earthquake, two thousand companies were forced to close. To pay a higher price was the pottery factory St. Augustine completely destroyed by the earthquake with 2 workers died. In all, the factory had 750 workers.

One comment on “Earthquake in Italy

  • Thanks so much for covering the story of last Sunday’s earthquake in the northeastern most part of the production zone of Parmigiano Reggiano. For offical updates please check the blog at This is the Consorzio del Formaggio Parmigiano-Reggiano’s new consumer site. All the producers are so touched by the outpouring of concern like yours. Thanks.

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