Now Ayrshire potatoes seek Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) status
Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) is something we’ve covered before, and seems to becoming quite the thing these days, which is both a good thing, and a bad thing.
I’d say it’s good because it shows the status is available, and is being used (how effective is, I don’t know, because I can’t recall seeing any cases in the media – yet).
On the other hand, it’s a bad thing (the occurrence, not the status) because it shows that there are unscrupulous people out there who are happy to piggyback their counterfeit businesses on the back of the genuine success of others, and steal their reputation.
A BID for Ayrshire potatoes to be given the same special status as Arbroath smokies and Stornoway black pudding is being backed by both the Scottish and UK governments.
Producers are expected to announce they are to apply for Ayrshire early new potatoes – also known as Ayrshire earlies – to be awarded Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) status.
If successful, it would mean only selected potatoes, grown in the region and which were harvested in the period May to July, could be officially branded as Ayrshire earlies.
Such a move could help raise awareness of the potatoes throughout Europe.
The application has been worked on by the Ayrshire Growers Group, Girvan Early Growers, Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) and Albert Bartlett, who supply the potatoes through the Scotty Brand.
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