Pasty-nomics - If the Cornish pasty industry was a national economy it would be bigger than 11 countries' GDP
From the Western Daily Press:
"The economic success story of the Cornish pasty could point the way forward to other West Country delicacies that have recently received a coveted EU-protected status.
The amount of money being turned over from Cornish pasty making has almost doubled since 2005 to about £300 million annually, according to new figures.
It has accelerated since the Cornish pasty became a Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) product in 2011.
More recently West Country beef has received the same degree of protection as European products such as Champagne and Parma ham.
Last year more than 120 million pasties were produced, Cornwall Food and Drink said.
In fact, if the Cornish pasty industry was a national economy it would be bigger than 11 countries' Gross Domestic Products, mainly Pacific islands.
Ruth Huxley, from Cornwall Food and Drink, told the BBC: "I have been around in Cornwall now for 14 years and I think it has transformed enormously. The pasty industry and food manufacturing has really blossomed."
The Protected Geographical Indication status means that pasties made anywhere other than Cornwall can no longer be called 'Cornish'.
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