Friday, 30 November 2012

Time for a coffee? Don’t forget the biscuits

Another news from Brazil, and in the same line as two days ago, the Brazilian Instituto Nacional da Propriedade Industrial (INPI) granted a Geographical Indication (GI) in the form of indication of source (Indicação de Procedência) to ‘biscoitos de São Tiago’.

The traditional biscuits are from the Region Campo das Vertentes in Minas Gerais and this application was made on August 23, 2011 (posted here). Request was made by the Associação São-Tiaguense (formed by 23 members) and aided by the Centre for Technological Innovation (NIT) from the Federal University of São João del Rei (UFSJ) and supported by the Foundation for Research and Support of Minas Gerais (FAPEMIG). The city became known for its biscuits that were offered to visitors on hostels farms and it is nowadays recognized as 'A Terra do Café com Biscoito' -- the tradition has extended and the city always holds a ‘Coffee with Biscuit Party’ early September receiving more that 50,000 visitors.

The applicants now have 60 days to pay the fee and a certificate will be issued, finishing the registration process.

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