In 2013, EU Regulation no. 1151/12 introduced the denomination “Mountain Product” to identify food products coming from mountain areas in the European Union.

Parmigiano Reggiano is the most important PDO product made in the mountains, with over 110 dairies located in the mountains and over 1,200 cattle farmers who contribute to strengthening the economy and preserving the uniqueness of the mountain areas of Parma, Reggio Emilia, Modena and Bologna. In order to further support sustainability in mountain areas and to offer guarantees that include, in addition to its origin, the quality of the cheese, the Parmigiano Reggiano Consortium has launched “Quality Project - Mountain Product.” The certification requirements are:

  • 100% of milk produced in barns located in mountain areas
  • over 60% of the cattle feed is grown in mountain areas
  • dairy, and maturation stage of at least 12 months, in mountain areas
  • quality selection at 24 months with “hammer” evaluation carried out by Consortium experts
  • sensory evaluation (tasting group) and chemical composition analysis
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