European food and drink reflect the continent’s cultural diversity and rich lands. EU geographical indication schemes protect specific know how, authenticity and agro-environmental conditions.
Geographical indications include protected geographical indications (PGI) and protected designations of origins (PDO). These schemes protect the name of a product that comes from a specific region and follows a particular traditional production process.
For PDOs, the raw ingredients need to come from the region of origin where all steps of production need to take place. As for PGIs, at least one of the stages of production, processing or preparation takes place in the region.