East Kent Goldings hops first variety to be protected against imitation

By Gurjit Degun

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Hops: the East Kent Goldings variety has been awarded Protected Designation of Origin
Hops: the East Kent Goldings variety has been awarded Protected Designation of Origin
East Kent Goldings hops have become the first variety to have their name legally protected against imitation.

The oldest known variety of hop grown in the UK has been awarded Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) status by the European Commission in recognition of their “quality, history, and links to the local area”.

East Kent Goldings descended from the Canterbury Whitebine hop and were first identified by a member of the Golding family around 1790.

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs is also encouraging producers to apply for protected status for their products to “take advantage of the wider markets” in the UK and abroad. It said that consumers are “increasing awareness of where their food and drink comes from”.

The Protected Food Names scheme provides farmers and producers with a way in which to add value to their product, while helping consumers to identify foods with a clear regional provenance.

The UK Protected Foods Names Association estimates that recognised products are worth around £1bn. 

Traditional recipes

Food and Farming minister David Heath said: “PDOs help to keep traditional recipes alive and make a valuable contribution to the local and national economy. 

“It’s great to see a hop join the growing number of British products whose traditions and ties with their local area are being recognised.

“I’m sure all those involved will be raising a glass to toast their success.”

Tony Redsell, director of TG Redsell which grows East Kent Goldings, added: “East Kent Goldings have a delicate floral aroma of lightly sweet lemon and are used in some of the finest ales and beers in the UK and USA.

“We are delighted that the unique character of the East Kent Golding has been recognised by the Commission.”

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