Quality & Terroir

The Granville Bay Whelk, which is from the Cotentin area of Normandy, was registered as a protected geographic indication (PGI) by the European Commission earlier this year, becoming the first new French agricultural product registered in 2019. The whelk is a gastropod mollusk fished in the Granville Bay, to the west of the Cotentin Peninsula […]

The uncontested queen of the table olives, the Black Olive of Nyons was the first French olive to obtain protected designation of origin (PDO) status in 1997, making it for several years the only variety of olive in France or Europe to benefit from this status. Twenty years later, this olive continues to preserve and […]

The uncontested queen of the table olives, the Black Olive of Nyons was the first French olive to obtain protected designation of origin (PDO) status in 1997, making it for several years the only variety of olive in France or Europe to benefit from this status. Twenty years later, this olive continues to preserve and […]

The artichoke is an old crop in the Roussillon area of southern France, where it has been cultivated since at least the 17th century. In around 1830, the production of this crop booms. Starting in the beginning of the 20th century, it is shipped all across France and to Germany and England thanks to the […]

The French agency in charge of managing geographic indications has just released its report highlighting the organization’s activity for 2017. The French National Institute of Origin and Quality (INAO) is a public agency of the French Ministry of Agriculture and Food, that for more than 80 years has been in charge of managing and protecting […]

The French National Institute of Origin and Quality recently released its annual report outlining data on agricultural signs of quality and origin for the year 2016. Revenue, production volumes, wine exports, the number of products recognized… These data allow to have a global vision of the economic activities of the industries on agricultural products under […]

A certain special selection of high-quality apples and pears of the Savoie region of southeastern France benefit from a protected geographical indication status. Sixteen different types of apples and six varieties of pears are produced under this label in orchards located in the valleys of this mountainous area of France. The orchards are all located […]

Key French agricultural agencies recently announced the creation of a national Economic Observatory of Official Desginations of Quality and Origin (Label Rouge, protected designation of origin, protected geographic indication, organic farming, etc.). The development of products protected by quality denominations is an important base for encouraging an agricultural production that creates value, is less sensitive […]

The French National Institute of Origin and Quality (INAO), a public agency under the authority of the French Ministry of Agriculture, which implements public policies relating to official signs of quality and origin ( geographic indications, “red label,” organic farming) , released its report detailing actions taken in 2015, the year of the organization’s 80th […]

Coteaux du Layon is a sweet white wine made in the Loire Valley of western France. Known as the “Garden of France,” the Loire Valley is famed for its stunning castles, breathtaking scenery and its high quality wine and agricultural production. The area was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2000. Coteaux du Layon […]