New GI in Chile
In January 2014, the Mayor of the region of Arica, Salvador Urrutia, filed a request for recognition of the corn “Lluteño” as a Geographical Indication (GI) with the National Institute of Industrial Property – INAPI. On June 22, 2015, INAPI granted this distinction.
The locally well-known “Corn Lluteño” is a special variety of a sweet corn, characterized by its sweetness, white and large grains.
“(…) We hope that the granting of this distinction contributes to the rescue of the local culture, facilitates recognition and increases the demand for this product and encourages the creation of new tourist routes in this region (…),” said the Director of INAPI, Maximiliano Santa Cruz.
A geographical indication (GI) is a sign used on products that have a specific geographical origin and possess qualities or a reputation that can be attributed to that origin. The qualities, characteristics or reputation of the product depend on the geographical place of production.