Agri-food products with signs identifying quality and origin (SIQO) in France - statistics & facts
Agri-food products and their production methods are very diverse. Nowadays, these items are stamped with many signs, labels, and logos, which can sometimes confuse consumers. However, in reality, a very limited number of these signs are recognized and controlled by authorities and organizations. In France, the Ministry of Agriculture and Food oversees the system of quality and origin identification signs, while the National Institute of Origin and Quality (INAO), a public institution, supervises regulations on all products with an official sign of identification of quality and origin (SIQO), and protects these against usurpation and fraud. The main SIQO labels refer either to the geographical origin of the product (AOC, AOP/PDO; IGP), to superior quality criteria (Red Label), or a specific production method (AB - organic).
France and its people have always derived pride from the nation’s many culinary traditions, and many producers strive to gain recognition for their specific savoir-faire and ensure its protection. As a result, over 1,170 products benefit from a SIQO logo across the country.
In 2019, products with a Designation of Origin label (AOC, AOP/PDO) were both the most numerous and the most successful, generating over 23 billion euros. Among the various edible or drinkable goods with a SIQO label, wine was the highest-earning category, with a revenue of over 19.5 billion euros in 2019. On the other hand, cheese with a Protected Designation of Origin (AOP/PDO), sold in high volume, was certainly what consolidated the place of SIQO dairy products on the third step of the podium.
Another potential element behind the success of SIQO products is consumers’ current focus on sustainable consumption. Indeed, many of the conditions necessary to obtain a SIQO logo echo the criteria of sustainable consumption. Local savoir-faire, respect for the environment, and animal welfare are, among others, characteristics strictly regulated by the INAO and increasingly sought after by consumers.
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Breakdown of SIQO charcuterie sales volume France 2019, by label
Distribution of the sales volume of charcuterie and other salted meat products with an official identification sign of quality and origin (SIQO), excluding organic products, in France in 2019, by label
Sales volume of fruits and vegetables under SIQO appellation France 2019, by label
Sales volume of fruits and vegetables with an official identification sign of quality and origin (SIQO), excluding organic products, in France in 2019, by type of fruits and vegetables and by label (in tons)