The CPA is a resource that can be used by anyone with an interest in or a question about Cornish pasties.
Established as a non-profit-making Community Interest Company, our members are producers of genuine Cornish pasties from all over Cornwall.
The members elect a board of directors to run the Association.
Here are some of the benefits of getting involved:
As soon as a producer of Cornish pasties receives certification that their pasties meet the requirements of the GI, they are eligible to join the Association.
There is no charge for a producer to be part of the Association.
We work as a collective that helps each other out and works towards the common good rather than individual benefit.
Between our members, there is a mine of information about ‘What’s Hot’ in the industry. From ovens and blast chillers to ingredient suppliers and PR opportunities, there is plenty to share.
Board members give up their time voluntarily to direct the development and evolution of the Association.
We also employ the team at Cornwall Food & Drink to manage and administer the day to day running of the CPA and our events, such as Cornish Pasty Week. They have a wealth of knowledge and contacts at their fingertips and can answer pretty much any question relating to the Association or the GI. If they can’t, you can guarantee they will know someone who can.
The CPA also participates in the UK Protected Food Names Association, which liaises with and lobbies the UK government on matters that affect producers of Protected Name products.
Producer members are all eligible to vote at general meetings and to be nominated for a place on the Board.
To find out more:
Wherever you are – in Cornwall, the rest of the UK, or the rest of the world – if you sell Cornish pasties that are made by a certified producer you are welcome to become one of our Recognised Retailers.
Once we’ve checked that the pasties you sell are genuine Cornish pasties we can start the ball rolling to include you in our network.
Fees work on a sliding scale, according to the number of outlets you have. For those with a single outlet the annual fees start at just £100 + VAT.
We know that the dos and don’ts of the GI can be a bit of a minefield, and grappling with how to label and market Cornish pasties at their point of sale can be daunting. But because we don’t want anyone selling genuine Cornish pasties to fall foul of the law, we’ll give you all the guidance you need and some materials to get you started.
You’ll also be able to use the CPA’s ‘Genuine Cornish Pasty’ trade mark and we’ll send you regular updates and invitations to take part in meetings and events.
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