The CPA is a resource that can be used by anyone with an interest in or a question about Cornish pasties. It is funded entirely by its members, who are all producers of verified, genuine Cornish pasties.
Established as a Community Interest Company, we are managed by a board of directors who represent all sizes of producer from all over Cornwall. Any member can be nominated for a position on the board. Our day-to-day management is carried out for us by the team at Cornwall Food & Drink, who provide us with everything from financial and admin support to marketing and PR.
Here are some of the things we do.
As soon as a producer of Cornish pasties joins the CPA, they receive an audit to verify and certify that their pasties are PGI compliant.
We then allocate a number that is used to identify that producer’s pasties wherever they are sold and we also supply the important EU and CPA certification marks, with instructions about how to use them. This shows customers that your pasties are genuine.
We do everything we can to make the process as straightforward as possible, liaising with Cornwall Council Trading Standards Department who undertake the audit, and helping to prepare producers with as much guidance as they need. The audits usually take place once every three years.
The cost of the audit is included in the membership fee, which is calculated on a sliding scale according to the volume of pasties produced. For the small producers, this is amazing value because the fee is heavily subsidised by the CPA – the larger producers supporting the smaller members.
Everything about our membership network works in the same way, as a collective that helps each other out and works towards the common good rather than individual benefit.
Between us, there is a mine of information about ‘What’s Hot’ in the industry. From ovens and blast chillers to ingredient suppliers and PR opportunities, there is plenty to share.
The CPA also participates in the UK Protected Food Names Association, which liaises with and lobbies the UK government on matters that affect producers of Protected Food Names products.
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Wherever you are – in Cornwall, the rest of the UK, or the rest of the world – if you’re looking for genuine Cornish pasties, we can help.
We know all the CPA members and we know their products and capacity. You might be looking for an artisan pasty producer for a tiny village shop or you might be in search of a supplier to fulfil an international contract. You might be in need of a specialist gluten-free product. As long as it’s genuine Cornish pasties you’re after, we can do the matchmaking for you at the drop of a hat.
We know too that the legislation around the EU Protected Food Names can be a bit of a minefield at first, and grappling with how to describe, label or package the products at their point of sale can be daunting. But because we don’t want anyone selling genuine Cornish pasties to fall foul of the law, we can give you all the guidance you need.
And of course we want your efforts to source genuine Cornish pasties to be rewarded, which is why we promote sales of genuine Cornish pasties with a strategic marketing campaign to have your customers coming back for more.
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