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Agave Producers In Michoacan Seek Special Denomination Of Origin Certification For Mezcal

LADB Article ID: 50772
Category/Department: Mexico
Date: 2009-08-19
By: LADB Staff

Agave cactus growers and manufacturers of the popular Mexican spirit mezcal in Michoacan state are pushing the Mexican patent office (Instituto Mexicano de Propiedad Industrial, IMPI) to complete the certification process that would provide them increased marketing opportunities for their product. If approved, the Michoacan mezcal industry would become part of an elite group of states and regions that have received the coveted denomination of origin certification. But the push for certification comes at a time when demand for mezcal is down significantly in the export market, especially in the US, which is Mexico's top customer.

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