MELTON Mowbray Pork Pies are to be given a protected status as the classic British product is registered with a protected geographical status (PGI) by the European Commission.
Only seven manufacturers will be permitted to produce the pork pies, and they will have to be made to the exacting standards of the EU and within a 3,000 km2 pork pie boundary.
The traditional Leicestershire recipe will be preserved, and the hard-won PGI status is expected to raise the status of the pie.
Ryan Wilkinson, chairman of Chappell’s Fine Foods – one of the seven permitted manufacturers, said: “We’re extremely pleased that consumers will no longer have to settle for any old Pork Pie.
“We’re experiencing rising sales of our traditional British Pork Pies driven by growing consumer interest in provenance, authenticity and a demand for nostalgic food with a focus on flavour and quality. The PGI status will strengthen the authenticity and recognition”.