Protected Food Names
Find out about the Protected Food Names registered in Scotland
Locally produced food and drink products have their unique heritage, character and reputation protected through the EU Protected Food Name (PFN) Scheme.
The PFN Scheme identifies regional and traditional foods whose authenticity and origin can be guaranteed and can help maintain the specific identity of a product.
In today’s competitive market-place, protection of a product’s identity against imitation could also help with the reinforcement of authenticity and orgin in marketing strategies.
Connect Local are working alongside local food and drink producers who are in the process of applying for PFN status. The EU Protected Food Name schemes came into force in 1993 and provides a system for the protection of food names on a geographical or traditional recipe basis, similar to the familiar ‘appellation controlee’ system used for wine.
By volume and value, Scotland has some of the largest Protected Food Names in the EU, with high value products such as Scotch Beef and Scottish Farmed Salmon accounting for around £700 million in sales.
The three schemes (Protected Designation of Origin, Protected Geographical Indication and Traditional Speciality Guaranteed) highlight regional and traditional foods whose authenticity and origin can be guaranteed through an independent inspection system.
As well as providing a way of helping to preserve a national and regional food heritage there are also good economic reasons to register products under the Scheme, including:
- Legal protection against imitation throughout the EU
- Increased awareness of the product both locally and throughout the EU (registration provides an excellent opportunity to promote the product, both at home, in other EU Member States and Non-Member countries)
- Opportunities to take advantage of consumers’ increased interest in regional foods by positioning the product firmly at the quality end of the market
- The opportunity to get a premium on the product. The results of European-wide research has shown that consumers are willing to pay, on average, 18% more for regional products under the Scheme
There are currently fourteen Protected Food Names registered in Scotland: