Protecting geographical food and drink names in Northern Ireland



There are schemes, in the UK and EU, for protecting the names of food, drink and agricultural products. This is known as Geographical indication (GI) protection. To achieve protection, a product must either have characteristics or reputation derived from its geographical origin or you must produce it using a traditional recipe.

UK schemes apply to products sold in Great Britain. EU schemes apply to products sold in Northern Ireland and the EU. This has been the case since 1 January 2021. 

All product names protected by EU GI schemes before 31 December 2020 continue to be protected under the UK and EU GI schemes.

This guide explains the UK geographical indications schemes and EU geographical indications schemes. It advises on how to apply for protecting a geographical food or drink name in Northern Ireland.

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