From July 2017 to June this year, five new Brazilian products were granted a certificate of origin, the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE) reported. In order for the certificate to be issued by the National Industrial Property Institute (Inpi), the goods must be originally produced in a certain geographic region and have one-of-a-kind features.
The certificate is provided by exporters and allows importers to gain preferential treatment as well as to reduce or avoid taxes as part of international trade deals.
Brazil now boasts certificates of origin for 58 products and services. The new goods are the flour of Cruzeiro do Sul, in the state of Acre, the guaraná of Maués, Amazonas, the cheese of Colônia Witmarsum, in Paraná, the cocoa almonds of southern Bahia, and the socol (similar to raw ham) of Venda Nova do Imigrante, in Espírito Santo.
The production of flour in Cruzeiro do Sul is a family and community activity which goes down from generation to generation. It is known for its quality, crunchiness, regular granulometry, roasting, and flavor.
The guaraná of Maués is an old tradition of the indigenous Satarés-Maués. The product is high on caffein (three to fice percent) and is called “the elixir of longevity” by the natives.
The socol of Venda Nova do Imigrante is like ham, and made of pork loin. It was introduced in Brazil by Italian immigrants around 1880.
The cocoa almonds of southern Bahia, one of the main centers for the production of the fruit, has a minimum fermentation rate of 65 percent, natural scent free of strange odors, and humidity lower than eight percent.
Finally, the cheese of Colônia Wit-marsum is the first dairy item produced under the Federal Monitoring System (SIF). Twenty tons are produced according to IBGE data.