CCFN, U.S. Dairy Industry and Consorzio Tutela Mozzarella di Bufala Campana Sign Historic Agreement on Geographical Indications and Common Names

The Consorzio Tutela Mozzarella di Bufala Campana, the U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC) and the Consortium for Common Food Names (CCFN) have signed an historic agreement that is expected to pave the way for a new dialogue on the protection of products of origin in the United States and in global markets – including those bearing geographical indications (GIs), while respecting the rights of companies to produce and market products bearing generic names.

CCFN Succeeds In Defending Asiago Trademark Rights in U.S.

In April, after a protracted, years-long battle to try to trademark the generic term “asiago”, and steady opposition efforts by CCFN, Italy’s asiago consortium (Consorzio Tutela Formaggio Asiago) abandoned its application for a U.S. trademark for exclusive use of the term “asiago” in the United States.

CCFN Chairman Urges President Trump to Address Cheese Trade Deficit Driven by Abuse of Geographical Indications

The Trump Administration should correct the inequity in cheese sales opportunities between the United States and the European Union, especially given the EU’s anti-trade practice of abusing geographical indications (GI) policies to monopolize generic cheese names as a means to shut out competition.

CCFN Commends U.S. Denunciations of EU’s Geographical Indications Abuses; Calls for Binding Commitments from U.S. Trading Partners

The United States this week rebuked the European Union for its abuses on geographical indications (GI) policies, describing the adverse impact on U.S. companies’ access to EU and other markets when the EU claims sole rights to use generic food names like “parmesan” and “feta”.

CCFN: U.S. Dairy Industry Faces Billion-Dollar Losses if EU Geographical Indications Schemes Proliferate

The U.S. dairy industry – and the U.S. economy – could be hit with $9.5 billion to $20-billion in revenue losses if the European Union (EU) is successful in expanding restrictions on the use of generic terms like parmesan, asiago, feta and others, according to a new study conducted by Informa Agribusiness Consulting, commissioned by the Consortium for Common Food Names (CCFN) and the U.S. Dairy Export Council.