As organiser of the Speciality & Fine Food Fair, we can only applaud those companies that want to celebrate British regional produce. However, to read that it took the campaigners nine years to achieve the protected status is disconcerting.
Surely, to encourage more producers to apply to have their produce protected, the process must be streamlined, the hurdles removed and the red tape reduced. This is the only way that Britain has a hope of competing with other EU nations who currently lead the way in proudly stamping their food and drink with the distinctive EU Protected Food Name logo.
Soraya Gadelrab, event manager, Speciality & Fine Food Fair