The Association of Producers of Kulen "Baranjski Kulen" today had the opportunity to present Baranja Kulen at the European Parliament in Brussels in co-operation with the office of Europarlamnetnetarke Biljana Borzan. Baranja Kulen is a traditional top-quality delicatessen that has been labeled with protected geographical origin in Croatia for two years now and is in the final stages of obtaining the same label throughout the European Union.
The process of obtaining a protected geographical indication was initiated by the Association of producers of Kulenian "Baranjski kulen" from the Beli Manastir.
"We are in the final stage of the Baranya-based gold-plating process throughout the EU for a long time, which will give an additional boost to all our producers. By presenting in the European Parliament, we want to introduce the wider European public not only to the quality of our kulen but also to our tradition, because the Baranjsk kulen is not only a food product, it is also part of the cultural heritage and historical heritage of Baranja"Said President of the Association Miodrag Komlenić.
The original Baranja kulen is produced by very strict specifications only in the Baranja area, from the best pieces of pork meat, spiced salt, ground pepper, white onion and white pepper. The Baranja kulen flourishes for several months, after which it gains its recognizable appearance and flavor.
"By selling products with a geographical indication at EU level, annual sales amount to 54,3 billion, and I am particularly pleased that Baranja Kulen will be part of this family. I'm confident that it will improve its sales, boost consumer confidence in its authenticity and, of course, help promote Baranja in the world, said Biljana Borzan.
Baranja's kulen is the highlight of the rich tradition of cured meat products, and traditionally considered as a symbol of well-being, so it was enjoyed in special occasions. Members of the Association found records on the production of kulen in Baranja, even in the eighties of 19. In the meat industry, Belje, which is today the largest producer of Baranja Kulen, began to produce unofficial data before the exact 100 years.