New agency

The Consorzio Tutela Aceto Balsamico di Modena (Consortium for protection of Balsamic Vinegar of Modena) was established in its current form in December 2013. The Consorzio Aceto Balsamico di Modena (Consortium for protection of Balsamic Vinegar of Modena) and the Consorzio Filiera Aceto Balsamico di Modena decided to join, for a very simple reason: so that their activities of protection and promotion of the product could have greater impact, both in Italy and abroad.

Recognition by MIPAAF

In 2014 the current Consortium was formally recognized by the MIPAAF (Ministry of Agricultural, Food and Forestry Policies) as Consorzio di Tutela dell’IGP Aceto Balsamico di Modena (Consortium for protection of Balsamic Vinegar of Modena).
The task of the agency is to carry out public functions of promotion, defence and protection of the product.

Its beginnings

The first Consortium associated with Balsamic Vinegar of Modena (Aceto Balsamico di Modena) was started in 1993, on the initiative of about ten producers. Their goal was that of being granted recognition as Protected Geographical Indication- PGI: the registration application was submitted the following year.

Regulations

In 1998, the Consortium issued its first regulations. In order to protect consumers, so that they can be sure of buying guaranteed genuine Balsamic Vinegar of Modena (Aceto Balsamico di Modena), and to ensure better quality of the product, partners must comply with specific procedures and production methods.

Granting of PGI status

After years of unremitting efforts by the Consortium, in close collaboration with the MIPAAF (Ministry of Agricultural, Food and Forestry Policies), the PGI certification for Balsamic Vinegar of Modena (Aceto Balsamico di Modena) was granted by the European authorities in July 2009.

Starting point

Since achieving the PGI designation, the Consortium has multiplied its activities. More specifically, it operates on three distinct levels:

  • it monitors the markets and defends Balsamic Vinegar of Modena (Aceto Balsamico di Modena) against imitations;
  • working alongside the Ministry, it studies and implements the regulation of all aspects of production and of quality controls;
  • it promotes the product and its characteristics, taking part in trade fairs and events and communicating with the media.

And today...

Currently the Protection Consortium groups together 47 companies belonging to the Balsamic Vinegar of Modena (Aceto Balsamico di Modena) production chain.