The Consortium for Protection of Pecorino Toscano PDO was founded on 27 February 1985, bringing together the fabric of skills and expertise of producers who share the love for their region and the desire to achieve excellence in their production. This “family of Pecorino Toscano DOP” comprises 900 sheep breeders, 20 dairies, two cheese maturing expert and a packaging facility.
For over 30 years now, the Protection Association has guaranteed that only the cheese that meets the product specification is called and sold as Pecorino Toscano DOP, handing down the production tradition and strengthening its identity, both nationally and internationally.
The Protection Association is responsible for protecting and overseeing the production and marketing of the PDO cheese and the use of the PDO designation; therefore, it promotes any project or initiative that can safeguard the uniqueness and peculiar characteristics of this cheese from abuse, unfair competition, food frauds and imitations, improper use of the PDO designation and other illegal behaviour.
It collaborates with the Ministry of Agriculture in overseeing, protecting and safeguarding the PDO through inspections by its staff; it also collaborated with the EU, the Italian Government, the Regions and Autonomous Provinces, public and private entities and the PDO supervisory bodies, for the purpose of valorising and protecting the PDO designation, making available its staff and organization.
It supports its members in updating and self-monitoring the production process, and promotes the consumption and dissemination of the Pecorino Toscano PDO brand nationally and internationally, through events and marketing campaigns, including online campaigns.