The Consortium Gorgonzola PDO Cheese celebrates 50 years


06 September 2020



The Consortium Gorgonzola PDO Cheese celebrates 50 years

On May 14, 1970 in Novara in the Chamber of Commerce the Consortium For The Protection Of Gorgonzola PDO Cheese was born: 35 producers and maturers from the industrial and agricultural sectors drew up the first statute and appointed the first President, in the person of Mr. Invernizzi Gisberto Francesco.

Before arriving at this historic day, we must take a step back and go to Stresa on June 1, 1951: at the meeting held between all the major European dairy experts, an agreement was signed to protect the main and typical European dairy products. On April 10, 1954, the Italian Parliament consequently passed Law No. 125 on the protection of designations of origin and typical geographical indications of the main Italian cheeses, including Gorgonzola.

For the birth of the Gorgonzola Consortium we need to wait a few years. In fact, only towards the end of the 1960s, with the Gorgonzola market affected by a massive invasion of similar products of foreign origin and poor quality, did some producers feel the need to regulate and protect Gorgonzola cheese.

In 1968 two voluntary consortia were set up, one in Novara and one in Milan, but this situation could not allow the recognition of the PDO by the then Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry for both consortia: it was therefore decided to form a single consortium that could oversee the production and trade of Gorgonzola cheese.

The last step was the marking of the fresh cheese and the visual symbol “g” on the aluminium that wraps Gorgonzola when it is marketed, which was set forth on March 1, 1975. The unmistakable “g” protects consumers from counterfeits and imitations of Gorgonzola PDO, Italian tasty excellence, rich of beneficial principles, loved and exported all over the world, thanks to the work done in these 50 years by all the consortium members!