One of the best-known and well-loved cheese names in the United States is “Cabot,” a brand that evokes the farm families and rich cheese-making traditions of Vermont and the rolling rural countryside of the Northeast.
Paul Ryan (R-WI):
“…We’re going to keep making gouda in Wisconsin. And feta, and cheddar, and everything else. So, it is extremely important that we do not allow these countries … to use these kinds of improper barriers to block U.S. dairy exports.” Read More
Everyone should have the right to use common names in marketing well-known, favorite foods.
But that right is under threat. We oppose attempts to monopolize generic names, and seek to foster the adoption of an appropriate, international model for protecting both legitimate geographical indications (GIs) and generic food names.
Fostering Workable GI Guidelines
“Our ultimate goal is to foster the adoption of model GI guidelines throughout the world, which we think is achievable and can be workable for specialty producers.”
The Consortium for Common Food Names (CCFN) praises the U.S. delegation for its steadfast determination and success regarding contentious geographical indications (GI) issues during last week’s intense budget deliberations at the United Nations World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in Geneva. As a result of U.S. efforts, WIPO has resolved to institute a more equitable system […]Read More »
The Consortium for Common Food Names (CCFN) commends U.S. Congressional leaders for urging fixes to a treaty that could limit the use of generic food names in export markets and impact the sales of cheeses, meats, wines and a wide range of other products. Objecting to an expansion of geographical indications (GI) protections aimed at […]Read More »
New revisions to the Lisbon Agreement system for geographical indications (GIs) have been adopted using an illegitimate process, and the resulting agreement will be problematic for the countries that choose to use it, particularly in terms of protecting common food names and the erosion of existing intellectual property rights. These were messages shared by a […]Read More »
The Consortium for Common Food Names (CCFN) applauds the inclusion of strong language in the Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) bill on the need to curtail improper use of geographical indications (GI), addressing a growing threat to food and beverage producers who use common names for their products. CCFN, an international non-profit alliance, works on behalf […]Read More »
The threat to food and beverage producers who use common names for their products has gotten more widespread in the past three years, despite concerted efforts to push back on the European Union’s (EU) various negotiations and policies that improperly broaden the scope of geographical indications (GI). Shawna Morris, senior director of the international Consortium […]Read More »
Many commonly used names for American cheeses have deep roots in European history, but American cheesemakers have contribut[ed] greatly to their popularity around the world.
— The American Cheese Society
Made in Italy Campaign Comes to the U.S. - The Italian Trade Commission is launching a $25 million campaign in the United States attacking "Italian-sounding" products that it claims are misrepresenting their actual non-Italian nature - from pasta sauce to wines. Read more
CCFN Comments on Philippines' New Draft of GI Regulations - CCFN filed comments in June with the Philippine government expressing concern that its latest round of draft GI regulations falls short of adequately protecting common food names. Read more
CCFN Asks South Africa for Clarification on GIs: In August CCFN filed comments with the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) underscoring the importance of having full clarity from South Africa on the scope of protection that nation will grant to certain geographical indications (GIs) as part of its EU trade agreement. Read more
Costa Rica Maintains Restrictions - CCFN's appeals on restrictions for using the terms "manchego" and "fontina" have been rejected. This latest news comes on the heels of Costa Rica's decision earlier this year to uphold its decision to block generic use of "parmesan" and "provolone". Read more
One of the best-known and well-loved cheese names in the United States is "Cabot," a brand that evokes the farm families and rich cheese-making traditions of Vermont and the rolling rural countryside of the Northeast. Read more