The use of European Union instruments for branding and labelling regional food products in Estonia




regional food, food policies, heritage policies, geographical indications, food quality labels, Estonia


The article examines how European Union rural development measures and food quality schemes are used for creating added value to regional food products in Estonia. In order to understand these processes, national food and heritage policies are analysed to highlight a lack of national instruments that would protect and promote regional specialities. The emergence of regional brands (funded by the European Union LEADER measure) is an example of an initiative to increase the visibility of regional products and food culture on the domestic market and to brand the region. Another attempt for recognising and re-regionalising local specialities is the application for the European Union Protected Geographical Indications (PGI) label for a traditional cheese sõir in south-eastern Estonia.


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How to Cite

Bardone, E., & Kannike, A. (2022). The use of European Union instruments for branding and labelling regional food products in Estonia. Acta Geographica Slovenica, 62(2).



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