Cross-party group of MPs launches consultation into UK's new Geographic Indication scheme

Welsh Leg of Lamb with Gin and Cranberries

The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Geographically Protected Foods is seeking views from British food and drink producers on the UK’s new Geographical Indication (GI) scheme.

Founder and chair of the APPG, MP for Rutland and Melton Alicia Kearns, launched the consultation in order to help the government better promote GIs, support producers of GI food and drink, and ensure more British produce is added to the GI list.

The consultation is looking to collect responses from farmers, growers, producers, retailers, consumers, businesses and other organisations involved in the production, consumption, selling and marketing of food and drink products. The NFU will be making its own submission to the consultation and we're encouraging members to do the same.

Comments will be shared with Defra to shape the future of the UK GI scheme.

Have your say

You can view and take part in the consultation online - it closes on 27 June 2021.

You can find out more about the consultation on the APPG on Geographically Protected Foods website.

Geographical Indication

GI is given to products identified to have quality, reputation or other characteristics that are linked to the geographical location in which they have been produced or the method that has been used to produce them.

Following the UK's exit from the EU, a new UK scheme was launched on January 1 2021, managed by Defra. Defra will be responsible for maintaining registered Protected Food Names (PFN) and processing new applications for GI.

If you are a producer of an existing agri-food GI, which is produced in England, Wales or Scotland you will have three years until 1 January 2024 to fully implement the UK scheme logo on all forms of packaging and marketing material.

All GIs protected under the EU scheme prior to 1 January 2021 will continue to receive protection under the new scheme.

The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Geographically Protected Foods

More than 80 food products in the UK are protected as GI, from Welsh lamb to Somerset cider brandy. The APPG was formed in 2020 to bring together parliamentarians from the House of Commons and the House of Lords to promote British GI products in Westminster.

The APPG aims to:

  • Improve the UK’s GI scheme
  • Make the UK's GI scheme more responsive to the needs of producers
  • Raise the profile of GIs with consumers both at home and abroad
  • Ensure more British food products get the recognition they deserve.

Find out more about the APPG’s work.