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Northern Foods reaches deal on Melton Mowbray pork pies

by 5m Editor
6 November 2006, at 1:10pm

UK - Northern Foods has been given five years to switch the manufacturing of its Melton Mowbray pork pie brand to the East Midlands, a region traditionally associated with the British pastie.

In return the company will drop its court case against the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), and by extension local producers belonging to the Melton Mowbray Pie Association. The company will also have to change the recipe and processing techniques it uses to produce the pies over the next five years.

The long running court battle between Northern Foods and the Defra has evolved into a ground breaking case over the EU's geographical indications (GI) system and the problems it can pose for manufacturers. If the European Commission grants GI status to the pie, it would be the first recipe-based product to receive such protection in the UK.

Pie makers in the Melton Mowbray area want to protect the recipe and create an exclusive 1,800 square-mile zone in which the pork pie can be made. The area extends beyond the borough of Melton to encompass the cities of Leicester, Nottingham and Northampton.

Source: Food Production Daily

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