Sophie Foggin: Does protecting Europe’s gastronomic heritage restrict innovation?

Pastéis de Belém, Portugal
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Much of Europe’s gastronomy has become an iconic part of national heritage. Traditional delicacies are protected under European schemes of geographical indication, and recipes are some of the best kept secrets.

However, given that Europe’s foodtech ecosystem has been growing at a steady rate since 2014 — making particular progress in the UK, Germany and France — Sophie Foggin wonders if this level of protection and secrecy might actually be imposing creative limits upon gastronomic innovation.

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