The Consortium for the Protection and Guaranteed Quality of Honey is based in Baveno in the VCO province, at the province’s Chamber of Commerce; it was started by a group of beekeepers to protect and guarantee the quality of the honey produced in the local area.
The geographical diversity of the area means that different varieties of honey can be produced: Wildflower (“Millefiori”), Mountain Wildflower, Chestnut, Acacia, Rhododendron, Lime blossom and Honeydew (Melata). The Seal of Quality is given only after exhaustive quality control of the products.
The main aim of the Consortium is therefore to maintain the standards of honey produced in this area at the highest level, guaranteeing the excellence of the product for consumers.
Production guidelines are drawn up with the aim of organizing and harmonizing the production and marketing of honey according to agreed methods and quality standards, with the award of a Seal of Guarantee.
The main points of the guidelines are as follows:
- safety and protection of public health;
- fairness in transactions between economic operators;
- environmentally friendly production processes;
- honesty and transparency of information given to consumers;
- quality control system for the production of individual members.
Panorama of production in the Verbano Cusio Ossola Province
The unique and variegated geographical conformation of the area allows for the production of different varieties of honey, produced on the shores of Lake Maggiore and Lake Orta, going up to the highest altitudes of the mountains of Val d'Ossola. There are seven main types of honey that are produced in the area.