The High Court ruling defending the Melton Mowbray Pork Pie Association’s claim to Protected Geographical Indication status could greenlight campaigns for products such as the Cornish pasty and Cumberland sausage.
Angie Coombs of the Cornish Pasty Association said that it was waiting for an imminent decision from Defra as to whether it would support its own call for PGI status.
She said that following the High Court’s decision on Melton Mowbray, the association was confident that it would win the backing of Defra.
The claim by the Cornish Pasty Association is that only those pasties made in the county and to traditional recipes should be allowed to be called Cornish. The association has 42 members ranging from small speciality producers to major supplier Ginsters.
The Melton Mowbray case, led by Melton Mowbray Pork Pie Association chairman Matthew O’Callaghan, has now been passed on to the European Commission, which is due to make a decision in May.
Northern Foods, which objected on the grounds that PGI status for Melton Mowbray was anti-competitive, has until January 18 to lodge a further appeal with the Court of Appeal.
As The Grocer went to press a spokeswoman for Northern Foods said it was considering its grounds for a challenge.
Cumberland sausage makers have also formed an association in order to go for PGI status.
The Food Chain Centre, the body set up as part of a national strategy to improve the profitability of farming, has launched an online library of information about how shoppers think, behave and consume to help farmers plan their businesses better.

Supermarkets have denied national press reports, contributed to by Friends of the Earth, that fresh produce such as potatoes and apples is treated to enable it to last for up to a year. They stressed they sourced fresh produce locally wherever possible.

The number of 20 to 34-year-olds drinking tea increased in 2005 for the first time in three years. Nearly two thirds of the age group regularly opt for the beverage [TNS National Drinks Survey]. Tea’s share of total drinks rose for the first time in three years to 34% at the expense of beverages such as alcohol and carbonates.

The government is proposing to scrap milk subsidies paid to 15,000 schools and local authorities in England. A Defra report says the move would save £1.5m per year. Dairy UK, the body representing the UK dairy industry, has called on the government to reconsider.

Canterbury Foods, which last year blamed losses on Jamie Oliver’s School Dinners campaign, has gone into administration. However, up to 600 jobs have been saved after the former management team bought the pastry and food ingredients arms.

Dunnes has agreed to make a donation to charity to avoid a conviction for failing to display grocery prices at three Dublin stores. The company admitted in court 10 counts of failing to display prices.
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