06 May 2021

Evidence presented on protected food names

Research findings

The National Innovation Centre for Rural Enterprise (NICRE) has given evidence to the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Geographically Protected Foods.

Prof Stephen Roper, of the Enterprise Research Centre, last week presented the findings of his research with colleague Dr Akunna Oledinma on geographical indication policy after Brexit, which was funded by the UK's Economic and Social Research Council.

Subsequently, Prof Matthew Gorton and Dr Barbara Tocco, from Newcastle University, detailed findings on the economic, social, and environmental impacts of Geographical Indications (GIs), from the European Union-funded Strength2Food project.

The presentations stimulated discussion with the group, made up of MPs and Members of the House of Lords, regarding opportunities for enhancing the future scope and impact of the UK's protected food name policy.

Promoting and protecting the UK's GIs

The APPG on Geographically Protected Foods was created in 2020 to promote and protect the UK's GIs, in light of its departure from the European Union. More than 80 food products in the UK are protected as GIs, from Arbroath Smokies to Welsh Lamb, to Somerset Cider Brandy to Melton Mowbray Pork Pies. Together, these foods represent the rich and varied cultural and culinary history of the four nations and are some of the best food products produced in the UK.

The APPG is currently undertaking a consultation survey on the new GI scheme and how it can be improved - targeted at consumers, producers (of GIs and non-GI products) and retailers/government bodies. NICRE is encouraging interested people to give their views.

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