PDO, PGI, and TGS food products are now 1,500 all over the world (1,472 in EU countries and 28 in non-EU countries). The calculation was carried out by Osservatorio Qualivita following the registration of a new Italian product in the European register on 22/10/2020 (Limone dell’Etna PGI).
This result attests to a global basket that is more than tripled compared to 2000, when there were ‘only’ 494 PDO, PGI, and TGS food products in the EU and non-EU countries. In the last 20 years the growth trend is of +204%. According to Osservatorio Qualivita there are 656 Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) food products, 780 Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) products and 64 Traditional Guaranteed Specialities (TGS).
Italy confirms its absolute leadership, with 309 food products in the European register (171 PDO, 135 PGI, 3 TGS). In fact, 21% of Geographical Indications are made in Italy. Second comes France with 256 products, then Spain (202), Portugal (140), and Greece (113). In 2020 (as of October 22), 34 Italian food products have been officially registered. Italy comes first in the EU for the number of new registrations too (+9), followed by France (+5), Spain, Greece and Croatia (+4), Hungary (+3), Poland (+2), Portugal, Cyprus and Turkey (+1).
As for the product categories, the basket is mainly composed of fresh or processed Fruit, Vegetables and Cereals (400), Cheese (254), Meat products (199), Fresh meat and offal (168), Oils and fats (143). For each of these categories – except for fresh meat – Italy is the country with the highest number of certified denominations.