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The Speck Alto Adige Consortium – Quality and protection

The Speck Alto Adige Consortium is the alliance of Speck Alto Adige P.G.I. producers.

The Speck Alto Adige Consortium, which operates under the Italian name Consorzio Tutela Speck Alto Adige, was established in 1992 by 17 producers, initially under the administration of the Chamber of Commerce of Bolzano (Italy). As early as 1980, four manufacturers from South Tyrol had ushered in the foundation of an alliance aiming at protecting them against uncontrolled products appearing on the markets.

These undertakings soon achieved the intended success when the EU awarded speck from South Tyrol the exclusive certification of protected geographic indication in 1996. In 2003, Italy’s Ministry for Agricultural, Food and Forestry Policies made the consortium an official protection institution according to Law 526/99. Since then, the consortium has been representing the interests of 30 speck producers in South Tyrol. The scope of responsibilities of the Speck Alto Adige Consortium includes the definition of quality standards, the protection of the brand and the implementation of promotional activities governed by the directives of the EU (Directive 510/2006), the Italian government (Law 526/99) and the Autonomous Province of Bolzano.

The primary objective of the consortium is the provision of quality assurance for Speck Alto Adige P.G.I. and to continuously boost the level of consumer trust in the product. To achieve its goals, the Speck Alto Adige Consortium cooperates closely with a variety of institutions on the local and national level – the autonomous Province of Bolzano, the Ministry for Agricultural, Food and Forestry Policies, the independent Auditing Institute Istituto Nord Est Qualità (INEQ) and the Export Organisation South Tyrol of the Bolzano Chamber of Commerce (EOS).