Dresden Stollen® protected throughout Europe – the EU quality labelThe EU quality label is given to products and foodstuffs whose origins allow them to be pinned to a specific geographical location or which can definitely be allocated to a region. Original Dresden Christstollen® is a product with a protected geographical indication (PGI). Thus, alongside them stollen seal, the traditional Christmas delicacy also bears the circular blue and yellow European community symbol.
Dresden Christstollen® is listed on the European Database of Origin and Registration (DOOR) as a protected name. This database is maintained and supervised by the European Union. Apart from Dresden Christstollen® other protected German products include Lübeck marzipan and Black Forest ham. In Germany, geographical indications are also laid down in the German Trademark Act.
The term 'Dresden Stollen®' has been a protected geographical indication since 2010 and is registered as such with the German Patent and Trademark Office. According to the statutes of the Dresden Stollen Association (Schutzverband Dresdner Stollen), Original Dresden Christstollen® may only be marketed by producers of baked goods in Dresden and a clearly defined surrounding area. Dresden's stollen bakeries and pastry shops must join the Dresden Stollen Association. Dresden Stollen® can be recognised by the stollen seal.