Europe wants to monopolize certain terms to unfairly stifle competition.

Common food and wine terms – like asiago, bologna or chateau – are used on thousands of products around the world to accurately guide consumers to foods they know and love.

This Makes Sense:

Parmigiano-Reggiano must come from Italy’s Parma region.

This Doesn't Make Sense:

All parmesan cheese must come from Italy.

Tell Congress to Protect Common Food and Beverage Names

Understanding Geographical Indications Rules

Watch our video to learn more about CCFN, why we were founded, and what we’re fighting for.

The EU is aggressively working to restrict your ability to use common food names.

The Latest

May 21, 2024

ARLINGTON, VA – Last week the U.S. House of Representatives Agriculture Committee Chair included the Safeguarding American Value-Added Exports (SAVE) Act as a part of its farm bill reauthorization legislation. The first farm bill effort on common names, the SAVE Act would promote the protection of common food and beverage names – such as “parmesan”, […]

May 1, 2024

ARLINGTON, VA – CCFN Executive Director Jaime Castaneda issued a statement on the Congressional Farm Bill summary rollout today: “The Consortium for Common Food Names (CCFN) views the farm bill as a vital opportunity to create a specific policy to address the increasing harm facing American food and beverage manufacturers in light of the European […]

April 25, 2024

ARLINGTON, VA – The Consortium for Common Food Names (CCFN) expressed their support today for the U.S. Trade Representative’s (USTR) prioritization of the protection of common names in this year’s Special 301 Report. The annual report details the largest intellectual property challenges around the world, including the European Union’s exploitation of geographical indication rules to […]