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Produced by the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Geographically Protected Foods, the report makes clear that Geographical Indications (GI) are an excellent way to instill local pride, compete on quality both at home and abroad, and support local producers. 

However, it highlighted that many other countries use GI to put their stamp and mark of quality on their food and drink exports but highlights that the UK does not. 

UK GI policy currently covers three areas – Protected Designation of Origin (PDO), Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) and Traditional Specialty Guaranteed (TSG). 

The report offers 38 recommendations covering how to make GIs work for producers, expand the recognition of GIs with consumers and build a stronger food brand at home and abroad. 

The underlying view of the report is that the UK has not done enough for many years to raise the profile of British food and drink, and that GIs are an “excellent way​” to celebrate the best of Great Britain’s food culture and boost Britain’s brand profile at home and abroad. 

Consumers not engaged

It also claims that producers and consumers are not currently engaged sufficiently, despite “significant and praise-worthy effort​s” taken by Government over the last two years. 

The group has called for a GI policy that is a mark of quality both in the UK and abroad, is able to command premiums across the range of price products, and a range of GI products that are exported.  

The report said: “As we recover from COVID-19 and having left the European Union, we must do more as a country to promote and cherish the very best of British food and drink and support the communities and heritage that make the United Kingdom’s food landscape so special. Not least because the importance of GIs to local economies is significant.”