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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 […]

Over the past decades, animal welfare has become an increasingly central concern and consumers have raised their voices to stand for a more in-depth consideration of this issue. Although animal welfare is already strongly regulated by both the European Union and the French Legislations, the French Agriculture Ministry has gone one step further by issuing […]

The French Food Quality Observatory’s purpose is to follow the efforts made by agribusiness to sell products with less sodium, fat and sugar. Its objectives: On one hand, it follows the evolution of the nutritional quality of processed food by market segment and on the other hand it strengthens the partnership between public authorities and […]

Terroir, a magical French word! French people talk about it all the time – how much terroir is important for the quality of a wine or a cheese, how a recipe is a recette de terroir … But what exactly do we mean when we use this word? Terroir is a mix between a geographical […]

In France, products like wines, cheeses, butters and other agricultural goods can benefit from seals of quality and origin. These applications have to be validated by public authorities and are then the subject of regular monitoring. Whether it is organic farming label, designations of origin, label rouge or traditional specialty, these seals guarantee to the […]

The French Minister for Agrifood Industries, Guillaume Garot, received a delegation of US journalists on September 8 on the topic of Cognac spirits production in France and exports from France and consumption of the beloved beverage in the US. The French Minister presented the origin of Cognac Protected Designation of Origin and discussed the US […]

Geographic Indications FAQ Q. What are Geographic Indications? A. A geographical indication is a distinctive sign used to identify a product as originating in the territory of a particular country, region or locality where its quality, reputation or other characteristic is linked to its geographical origin. Q. How many types of GIs are there? A. […]

One of the priorities of the French government is to give everyone the opportunity to have access to high quality food and be able to enjoy their meal. To address this issue, the Council for economic, social and environmental issues (Conseil économique, social et environnemental, CESE) adopted a resolution titled “Fostering a broader access to […]

Consumers are growing more and more concerned with the origin and the fabrication process of what they eat. Some inter-professional groups responded to this demand by creating a new voluntary label called “Viandes de France” (literally: Meats from France) this past February to incite more transparency on the matter. It will also allow professionals to […]