Tag Archives: Protected Geographical Indication

French “Gruyère” cheese obtained its  Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) designation on December, 4th 2012.. The cheese is milk-based cheese made in Savoie and Franche Comté (near the Alps mountains in eastern France). History of Gruyère: The method for making Gruyère cheese dates back to the Roman period in the north of Italy. From the 15th […]

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 […]