NEW rules and logos to protect British food and drink have been set out by the UK Government.
The impending geographical indications (GI) scheme means that popular and traditional produce from across the UK will be granted special status to mark out their authenticity and origin.
Three logos, which were developed in conjunction with GI producers, devolved administrators, and consumers, will come in the scheme. They are, protected designation of origin (PDO); protected geographical indication (PGI); and traditional speciality guaranteed (TSG).
The initiative will replace the EU’s scheme on 1 January 2021, with registered producers of British food, drink and agriculture having until 1 January 2024 to change their packaging to display the new UK GI logos. The UK Government added that such a timeframe has been given so that firms have sufficient time to alter their packaging.
UK Government minister for Scotland, David Duguid, said, “Scotland benefits from many Geographic Indicators, from Arbroath Smokies, Stornoway black pudding and of course Scotch whisky. Our famous food and drink is highly sought after around the globe.
“We have been clear we will be protecting food standards and these new logos will guarantee the authenticity for consumers who will know they are buying first class produce.
“The UK Government is working to negotiate free trade agreements with major economies and markets around the world. Geographic Indicators are a key part of these which will be good news for many Scottish producers.”
From traditional booming industries like whisky and food to the burgeoning craft spirits sector, Scotland has always been a strong and diverse market in its own right. As such, it cannot be treated simply as a region. A growing number of businesses are attempting to expand their presence north of the border and increase market share and visibility. As the only packaging magazine published in Scotland, Packaging Scotland is uniquely placed to cover the Scottish market and the many people and businesses operating within it.