The impact of product designations on innovation: the case of breweries in the United Kingdom

Giuseppe De Feo, Keith Wilson

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The European Union has a number of interventions which are designed to encourage diverse agricultural production, to protect product names from misuse and imitation, and to help consumers by giving them information concerning the specific character of the products. The three schemes, collectively known as Protected Geographical Status (PGS) are Protected Designation of Origin (PDO), Protected Geographical Indication (PGI), and Traditional Speciality Guaranteed (TSG). [...] However, there has been limited analysis as to the possible impact of such interventions on the ability of enterprises to enhance their competitiveness through investment in innovation. The aim of the present work is to gain a better understanding of the impact of such policies on the types and levels of innovative activity in firms using PGS schemes.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)92-101
Number of pages9
JournalFraser of Allander Economic Commentary
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2012



  • product designations
  • Protected Designation of Origin (PDO)
  • Protected Geographical Status (PGS)
  • Protected Geographical Indication (PGI)
  • Traditional Speciality Guaranteed (TSG)
  • product innovation
  • breweries
  • drinks industry
  • UK

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