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Quality

The European Union employs two essential certification systems, POD (Protected Designation of Origin) and PGI (Protected Geographical Indication), to recognize and safeguard products associated with specific territories or production methods. These designations establish stringent quality and geographical origin standards for food and agricultural products.

The distinctive logos associated with POD and PGI serve as markers for identifying high-quality products within the EU. Rigorous controls not only guarantee authenticity but also underscore the commitment to delivering differentiated, quality products.

Catalonia proudly aligns itself with this European standards boasting 23 Protected Designations of Origin (POD) and 12 Protected Geographical Indications (PGI).

These designations signify Catalonian products’ adherence to stringent standards linked to the region’s unique geographical, cultural, and traditional attributes. Each product bearing these designations is a genuine representation of Catalonia’s rich culinary heritage.

This commitment reflects the European Union’s broader initiative to protect and promote the diversity and uniqueness of regional food and agricultural products. POD and PGI play a vital role in helping consumers make informed choices, supporting local economies, and preserving traditional culinary heritage.

Health

Catalan Cuisine – “Cuina Catalana”: Nurturing Traditions, Cultivating Well-being, the True Spirit of the Mediterranean Diet

Catalonia’s culinary landscape is a vibrant testament to the region’s rich cultural heritage, served in every dish of its cuisine. At the heart of this legacy lies the Mediterranean Diet, a time-honored tradition recognized by UNESCO as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

A safe, delicious, and sustainable cultural treasure, the Mediterranean Diet stands celebrated by the WHO as one of the healthiest diets. Furthermore, the FAO acknowledges its sustainable practices, leaving a minimal environmental footprint.

The Mediterranean diet promotes a healthier, more sustainable lifestyle through its emphasis on fresh, whole foods, healthy fats, and sustainable practices not only benefit individual health but also align with principles that promote environmental sustainability and community well-being.

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Sustainability

Catalonia stands as a leader in Europe in sustainable agriculture, with thousands of square meters dedicated to ecological production, ensuring our farms meet the highest standards of environmentally friendly practices.

The commitment to sustainable practices permeates every facet, from agricultural methods following organic and regenerative principles to responsible fishing practices that safeguard marine ecosystems. Prioritizing local and seasonal sourcing, minimizing our carbon footprint.

Sustainability is shared strategy across the chain and a commitment of our community, it implies the collaboration with local artisans and the participation of large industries creating a network that sustains both tradition and innovation.

By choosing Catalonia’s products, you embrace energy-efficient methods and waste-reduction strategies, aligning with our pledge to environmental preservation, but most importantly, you join a journey that values the planet and the communities we call home.

Sustainable gastronomy isn’t just a choice; it’s the essence of our culinary identity.