Espárrago de Navarra
The Esparrago de Navarra (Asparagus of Navarre) has been protected by a Specific Designation since 1986 and Protected Geographical Indication since 2003. These bodies were created to protect the crops of the Ebro riverbanks from productions from other origins, and guarantee the end consumer compliance with strict quality standards.
Piquillo de Lodosa
The Designation of Origin was created in 1987 and includes eight municipalities: Lodosa, Mendavia, Andosilla, Azagra, Carcar, Lerin, San Adrian and Sartaguda. It protects and controls the cultivation and production of the "piquillo" variety of peppers, autochthonous of Navarra, in these locations under strict quality controls.
Alcachofa de Tudela
The Alcachofa de Tudela (artichoke of Tudela) Protected Geographical Indication was registered in the European register on the 9th October 2001, although the Quality Designation had already existed since 1988 for fresh produce. The geographical production area includes 33 locations on the Navarre Riverbank area.
Aceite de Navarra
The Extra Virgen Olive Oil from Navarre is the European oil that is produced furthest to the north. The Designation, created in 2007, covers 135 municipalities plus the territory of Bardenas Reales. The limestone soil, the dry climate, the contrast between cold nights and warm days, and the need to harvest early to avoid the frost, determine the low degree of maturity with which the olive is picked. The result is an oil with a balanced and complex profile, with a high intensity of fruity attribute.
This is a standard developed by the British Retail Consortium in 1998. It guarantees safety and controls the suppliers legal requirements. The BRC is based on the hazard analysis and critical control points (HACCP), the quality management system, factory environment, product control, and control of the processes and workers.
The IFS (International Food Standard) is essential to export to France and Germany, although other countries such as Switzerland, Austria, Belgium or Poland are also committing to this model. With the same food safety objective as the BRC, it came about in 2002 when the Federal Union of German Trade Associations (BDH) and the French Trade and Distribution Federation (FDC) developed it under the umbrella of the Global Food Safety Initiative.