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The full list of Welsh food & drink products given protected UK GI status

PGI Welsh Beef

Wales’ national vegetable and emblem, the Welsh Leek, is now officially protected as it gains PGI (Protected Geographical Indication) UK GI status.

It becomes the third new Welsh product to achieve the highly sought-after UK GI status, following on from Gower Salt Marsh Lamb and Cambrian Mountains Lamb.

Welsh Leeks also becomes the 19th member of the Welsh GI family of products, joining the likes of other great produce such as Anglesey Sea Salt, Welsh Lamb, Welsh Beef and Pembrokeshire Earlies. Each family member is Welsh to the core and uniquely linked to the landscapes and seascapes which nurture them.

The UK GI scheme was established at the beginning of 2021, following the UK’s withdrawal from the EU, and ensures certain food and drink products can continue to receive legal protection against imitation and misuse.

From now on, products bearing the UK GI logo will promote the heritage and culture of Wales and provide the product and consumers with certification of quality and uniqueness.

The ‘Welsh GI family’ of 19 products.

1.     Welsh Beef
2.     Welsh Lamb
3.     Pembrokeshire Earlies
4.     Anglesey Sea Salt
5.     Conwy Mussels
6.     Carmarthen Ham
7.     Traditionally Reared Pedigree Welsh Pork
8.     West Wales Coracle Caught Salmon
9.     West Wales Coracle Caught Sewin
10.  Welsh Laverbread
11.  Traditional Welsh Perry
12.  Traditional Welsh Cider
13.  Welsh Wine
14.  Welsh Wine (regional)
15.  Traditional Welsh Caerphilly
16.  The Vale of Clwyd Denbigh Plum
17.  Gower Salt Marsh Lamb
18.  Cambrian Mountains Lamb
19. Welsh Leeks

The Welsh Government provides expert advice on how to qualify and apply for UKGI status and funds support to promote the Welsh GI family

GI products have a geographical connection or are made using traditional methods. GI protection guarantees a product’s characteristics or reputation, authenticity, and origin. It protects the product name from misuse or imitation when the product is sold in Great Britain (England, Scotland, and Wales).

There are 4 UK GI schemes:

  • Food Agricultural Products
  • Wine
  • Aromatised wine
  • Spirit Drinks

And 3 designations which are represented by their own logos:

  • protected designation of origin (PDO)
  • protected geographical indication (PGI)
  • traditional speciality guaranteed (TSG)

An individual or business does not own a GI. Any producer can make and sell a product under a registered product name if they

  • follow the product’s specification
  • are verified to do so

Specifications for Welsh product names are available in Welsh (Cymraeg)

For information about applying for a UKGI or protected status please contact [email protected]