Kentish hops gain protected status from Europe
East Kent Goldings hops have become the latest food and drink product to gain protected status from the European Commission.
The hops, said to the oldest known variety grown in Britain, are now legally protected under the European scheme as a Protected Designation of Origin product.
Defra, which processes and prepares all UK applications for submission to the EC, said it wants more UK farmers and producers to apply for protected status and boost their products’ export potential.
“PDOs help to keep traditional recipes alive and make a valuable contribution to the local and national economy,” said Food and Farming Minister David Heath.“It’s great to see a hop join the growing number of British products whose traditions and ties with their local area are being recognised.”
Read more about the Protected Food Names scheme here