The Speck Alto Adige Consortium –
Quality and protection

Alliance of Speck 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/Bozen (Italy). As early as 1980, four manufacturers from South Tyrol/Alto Adige 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 27 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 Bozen.

The primary objective of the consortium is the provision of quality assurance for Speck Alto Adige PGI 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 Bozen, the Ministry for Agricultural, Food and Forestry Policies, the independent Auditing Institute Istituto Friulano Controllo Qualità (IFCQ) and IDM Südtirol - Alto Adige.

StoryHistory Consortium: the fundamental stages in the history  
Significant dates in the development of the Consorzio Tutela Speck Alto Adige:

2022 - Paul Recla takes office as president.
2021 - After 8 years Andreas Moser assigns the presidency to David Recla.
2019 - In Italy, Germany, Sweden and the Netherlands started a 3-year image campaign in cooperation with Stelvio cheese PDO, South Tyrolean Apple PGI and South Tyrolean Wine.
A 3-year image campaign will also be launched in Italy.
2014 - The company Raich is the 30st producer of Speck Alto Adige PGI.
2013 - In Italy, Germany, Austria and the Czech Republic started a three-year information campaign.
2013 - After 20 years Franz Senfter assigns the presidency to Andreas Moser.
2011 - First South Tyrol Gourmet Festival, featuring Speck, was held in Bozen.
2011 - The new control plan that regulates the control activities of the speck ham production was introduced. The former plan needed to be adapted to the new production criteria.
2011 - European Union approved the new production protocol, meaning the new criteria for the production of Speck Alto Adige.
2009 - The consortium created and launched a new corporate design.
2008 - A promotion program began in Switzerland.
2007 - A promotion program began in Italy, Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic.
2007 - The consortium introduced a new logo.
2006 - First promotional activities in the United States occurred.
2004 - Speck Alto Adige was authorized for sale in the United States by the American health authorities.
2003 - The Italian Ministry for Agricultural, Food and Forestry Policies recognized the Consorzio di Tutela under national law.
2001 - A new certification system complying with the European Union standards (EEC EN 45011) took effect.
2000 - First TV campaigns were launched in Italy and Germany.
1999 - First Speck Fair was held.
1999 - Provincial (state) inspection functions were transferred to the independent institute IFCQ.
1999 - A new consortium brand was created that more distinctly identified Speck.
1997 - The consortium became independent of the Chamber of Commerce.
1996 - The PGI – Protected Geographical Indication status was acquired.
1992 - Seventeen producers established the Consortium for the promotion of Speck from Alto Adige or South Tyrol, under the administration of the Chamber of Commerce Bozen.
ResponsibilitiesResponsibilities of the Speck Alto Adige Consortium  
Protecting and promoting the quality of Speck Alto Adige PGI.
The “Speck Alto Adige Consortium” protection alliance is responsible for the protection and fostering of the quality of Speck Alto Adige PGI. To achieve this, it engages in three important functions:

Quality policies
The Speck Alto Adige Consortium defines the quality criteria that apply to all production steps and monitors the production techniques imposed by the European Union. This guarantees the authenticity of the source and the product’s quality.

Protection of the Brand
The brand is the quality guarantee for Speck Alto Adige PGI. The protective alliance monitors the market and the correct utilization of the brand “Speck Alto Adige PGI.” In the event of its unauthorized use, litigation through the court system may be initiated if necessary.

Promotional activities
The Speck Alto Adige Consortium conducts a wide range of promotional activities: print advertising campaigns, TV and radio commercials, sales promotion activities, PR activities and participation in industry tradeshows as well as events.

Press contact:
Paul Recla Paul Recla  
Tel. +39 0471 300 381
Fax +39 0471 302 091
Günther Windegger Günther Windegger  
Vice President
Tel. +39 0471 300 381
Fax +39 0471 302 091
Martin Knoll Martin Knoll  
Tel. +39 0471 300 381
Fax +39 0471 302 091
Sascha Grünfelder Sascha Grünfelder
Tel. +39 0471 300 381
Fax +39 0471 302 091
Verena Rungger Verena Rungger
Administration and support
Tel. +39 0471 300 381
Fax +39 0471 302 091
PartnerOur partners 
The Speck Alto Adige Consortium works in close collaboration with various partners on a local and national level:


Asiago Cheese Consorzio Asiago Cheese Consorzio
Consortium Alto Adige Wines Consortium Alto Adige Wines
-	Consorzio per la tutela del formaggio Pecorino Romano Consorzio per la tutela del formaggio Pecorino Romano
Consortium South Tyrolean Apple Consortium South Tyrolean Apple
IFCQ IFCQ Certificazioni Srl
Istituto Salumi Italiani Tutelati
Origin Italia Origin Italia
South Tyrol Dairy Association South Tyrol Dairy Association
Südtiroler Qualitätskontrolle
Südtiroler Weinakademie Südtiroler Weinakademie
Die Fleischerei - Trade magazine Die Fleischerei


Food & drink partners
We team up with a range of food & drink partners to create the perfect setting for Speck Alto Adige:
foppa Foppa GmbH
Vinum Hotels Vinum Hotels South Tyrol
Wörndle Wörndle Interservice
Dolce Vita Hotels DolceVita Hotels
Gastrofresh Gastrofresh


Alter Schlachthof, Brixen/ Bressanone

Apres Ski K1, Reischach/ Riscone

Bärenhotel, Olang/ Valdaora

Bar Ritter, Bolzano/ Bozen

Bistro La Piazza, Meran/ Merano

Café Museion, Bolzano/ Bozen

City Hotel, Meran/ Merano

Forsterbräu, Meran/ Merano

Gasserhof, St. Andrä/ S. Andrea

Glacier Hotel Grawand, Schnalstal/ Val Senales

Gran Paradiso, Wolkenstein/ Selva

Hopfen&Co, Bolzano/ Bozen

Hotel Alp Cron Moar Hof, Olang/ Valdaora

Hotel An der Stachelburg, Partschins/ Parcines

Hotel Annabell, Meran/ Merano

Hotel Aurora, Meran/ Merano

Hotel Botango, Töll/ Tel

Hotel Cittá, Bolzano/ Bozen

Hotel Erica, Welschnofen/ Nova Levante

Hotel Flora, Meran/ Merano

Hotel Irma, Meran/ Merano

Hotel Kronplatz, Olang/Valdaora

Hotel Meranerhof, Meran/Merano

Hotel Nigglhof, Welschnofen/ Nova Levante

Hotel Petrus, Reischach/ Riscone

Hotel Pfösl, Deutschnofen/ Nova Ponente

Hotel Royal, Obereggen

Hotel Suite Seven, Meran/ Merano

Hotel Sun, Natz-Schabs/ Natz-Sciaves

Hotel Tratterhof, Meransen/ Maranza

Hotel Villa Laurus, Meran/ Merano

Hotel Villa Waldheim, Innichen/ San Candido

K1 Mountain Chalets, Reischach/ Riscone

Majestic, Reischach/ Riscone

Oskars Restaurant, Eppan/ Appiano

Parkhotel Holzerhof, Meransen/ Maranza

Paulaner Stuben, Bolzano/ Bozen

Post Hotel, Innichen/ San Candido

Restaurant Onkel Taa, Rabland/ Rablà

Restaurant Torgglhaus, Bolzano/ Bozen

Royal Hotel Hinterhuber, Reischach/ Riscone

San Luis, Hafling/ Avelengo

Schatzerhütte/ Rifugio Schatzer, Plose

Stars Burger, Bolzano/ Bozen

Südtiroler Gasthaus/ Locanda Sudtirolese Fink, Brixen/ Bressanone

Valserhof, Vals/ Valles