Scotland Leads With its ‘Iconic' Brands
More UK food producers should follow the Scottish lead and seek protected status for their premium products, according to UK food and farming minister, Jim Fitzpatrick
Hosting a celebration of foods with protected food name status at Downing Street, Mr Fitzpatrick cited Scotch beef, Scotch lamb, Scottish farmed salmon, Arbroath smokies, Orkney beef and Orkney lamb as ‘iconic' brands.
Under the scheme, regional and traditional foods whose authenticity and origin can be guaranteed are registered at a European level, and given legal protection against imitation throughout the EU.
"We produce excellent food in this country, but we're not always great about speaking up about it," said Mr Fitzpatrick.
"Through this scheme, we have a way to stand up for local producers and protect their products. So I'm calling on more British producers to get their food protected and for their communities to get behind them. It's not something that can be done overnight, but it's worth it, in terms of the protection it gives the producer and the opportunities it creates for renowned products.
"Ultimately, I want to us to be up alongside France and Italy who among them boast more than 300 protected foods – our food is just as good, if not better, as any other European country's. I want to see the UK's regional foods on the world map."
There are 38 products currently registered in the UK. Those outwith Scotland include Melton Mowbray pies, West Country cheddar cheese and Whitstable oysters.