Brazil has more than 60 registered Geographical Indications (GIs), which include wine, coffee, cheese, cachaça, grape, banana, mango, beef, and rice production.
The GIs system promotes products and their historical-cultural heritage, which is non-transferable. This heritage encompasses several significant aspects: the defined production area; the specificity and authenticity in developing the products; and the discipline involved in the production method to ensure quality standards. All of this grants exclusive notoriety to producers within a limited area.
While the product’s quality is given special status, it is protected by this acknowledgment as being unique to that region’s producers. Thus, GIs contribute to preserving biodiversity, knowledge, and natural resources. They bring extremely positive contributions to the local economy and regional dynamics since they provide true meaning to creating local value.
In Brazil, GIs registration is set in the Industrial Property Law, which assigns responsibility to the National Institute for Industrial Property (INPI) for establishing the conditions for that registration, which has two categories: Appellation of Origin and Indication of Source.
An Appellation of Origin specifies that the characteristics of a specific territory add special qualities to the product. It stipulates that a specific area is the place of origin of a product with qualities that derive exclusively or essentially from that place’s aspects, which include both natural and human factors. An Indication of Source values a production tradition and provides public acknowledgment that the products from a certain region have unique qualities. These are areas known for producing, extracting, or manufacturing a specific product. The indication protects the relationship between the product and its reputation, which results from its specific geographic origin.
In this catalog, you will learn about some of the certified Brazilian products