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U.S. Dairy Industry Faces Billion-Dollar Losses If EU’s GI Schemes Proliferate

The U.S. dairy industry – and the U.S. economy – could be hit with $9.5 billion to $20 billion in revenue losses if the European Union (EU) is successful in expanding restrictions on the use of generic terms like parmesan, asiago, feta and others, according to a new study conducted by Informa Agribusiness Consulting, commissioned by CCFN and the U.S. Dairy Export Council. The study, which provides timely information in light of U.S.-EU trade negotiations, examines the potential impact the EU’s aggressive geographical indications (GI) agenda would have if imposed on a broad variety of U.S. cheeses and markets. Read More »

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Common Names and Non-EU Producers Once Again Shine in World Cheese Awards

Once again cheese producers from around the world – many of whom use common names on their cheeses – demonstrated the quality of their products at the World Cheese Awards, one of the most prestigious annual food competitions, which featured 3,500 cheeses from six continents, and was held in November in Bergen, Norway. Read More »


Engaging with Trade and IP Groups Worldwide

CCFN Executive Director Jaime Castaneda travelled to Geneva in December to meet with representatives of several groups influential in global policies on trade and intellectual property issues, including the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), and European representatives for the U.S. Trade Representative and U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. CCFN continually follows up with these organizations to reinforce the need to include common names in discussions and conferences involving geographical indications. Read More »

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Resources on Generic Products:

This Makes Sense

This Makes Sense:

Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese must come from Italy's Parma region

This Doesn’t Make Sense

This Doesn't Make Sense:

All parmesan cheese must come from Italy

image description Third-country winemakers exporting to the EU can no longer include on their labels words such as ‘noble’, ‘classic’, ‘cream’, ‘superior’, ‘vintage’, ‘fine’, ‘ruby’, ‘chateau’ and ‘clos’ unless they engage in a complex application process. image description — Wine Institute