Tag Archives: origin and quality

During a visit earlier this month by French Minister for International Trade, Matthias Fekl, Napa Valley wine makers expressed to him their strong support for expanding and protecting the use of geographic indications (GIs) in the United States. The wine makers want to reinforce protections preventing others from unjustly using their name for their own […]

Munster cheese – not to be confused with mild-tasting American Muenster cheese – is a strong-tasting cow’s milk cheese made in the Vosges Mountains, in eastern France near the border with Germany. It is a soft cheese that is cylindrical in shape and is white in color, although the color of the crust can vary […]

The Perigord walnut is an extremely healthy and versatile nut grown in southwestern France. Perigord is the old name for this region, which is now usually referred to in English as the Dordogne. Most of the Perigord walnut production area is located in the Dordogne department, but there are also significant amounts produced in the […]

Abondance cheese (PDO)

April 15, 2016

Abondance cheese is a semi-hard cheese with a subtle hazelnut flavor that is often enjoyed as is or melted. It has enjoyed Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) status since 1990, meaning that it can only be made in a certain geographical area using time-tested traditional methods of production. It gets its name from one of […]

Red Chinon wine, which benefits from protected designation of origin (PDO) status, is a wine from the famed wine-producing Loire Valley of center western France. The links to terroir of the Red Chinon wine region deeply affects the wines that are produced there with the geology of each part of the region modifying the taste […]

Within the framework of the collaboration between the French National Institute of Origin and Quality (INAO) and the American Origin Products association (AOPA), the French Ministry of Agriculture (MAAF) and the INAO welcomed on April 29, 2015 the Idaho Potatoes Commission -member of the AOPA – in the presence of OriGIn France and the French […]

A Little History Since the 17th century, Saint-Nectaire has been uniquely associated with the Auvergne region. It was introduced to the court of Louis XIV by Henri de Sennectère, Marshal of France, who gave it its famous name. In less than a century, this cheese found its way to the tables of French nobility. By […]

This famous poultry with its red crown, white feathers and especially blue feet comes from the French department of Ain. Its origin goes back to 1591 when it was mentioned for the first time in the municipal registers of the city of Bourg-en-Bresse, in eastern France. To thank the Marquis de Treffort for having pushed […]

The INAO turns 80

May 5, 2015

France’s National Institute for Quality and Origin (INAO), the public organization responsible for the regulation of French Geographic Indications and quality labels, celebrates in 2015 its 80th anniversary. In France, there are only seven state-regulated signs of quality and origin:  AOC (Controlled designation of origin); PDO (Protected Designation of Origin); PGI (Protected Geographic Indication); The […]

The Montbeliarde and the Normande: two local hardy breeds with a high level of protein in their milk and attractive meat properties. In comparison with the Prim’holstein, the Montbeliarde and the Normande (as well as other local hardy breeds) produce less milk, but with a higher protein and/or fat content that makes it a better […]