Symbols and Marks

Branding the trademark

Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese is a product with the Protected Designation of Origin (PDO). Cheese produced according to the rules contained in the Production Regulation is the only cheese entitled to bear the Parmigiano-Reggiano mark and, therefore, the wheel must display all the marks required for identifying and distinguishing the product. These marks are subdivided into marks of origin and grade selection marks.

Marks of origin

Applied on the cheese wheel at the beginning of the production process are:

Stencilling band, placed entirly around the wheel, wich has:

  • pre-punched dots bearing the inscription PARMIGIANO-REGGIANO acronym DOP and the inscription CONSORZIO TUTELA
  • identification number of dairy
  • production month and year

Casein plate applied on the surface that shows:

  • production year
  • acronym C.F.P.R.(Consorzio Formaggio Parmigiano-Reggiano)
  • alphanumeric code identifying each single wheel

Selection marks

The Consortium is the holder of the Parmigiano-Reggiano PDO marks and is in charge of the relevant supervisory activities, including the correct use of these marks. For this reason, the Consortium identified and registered the mark, wich is a cheese wheel and wedge with the inscription PARMIGIANO-REGGIANO on a black background, as a visual sign of identification and recognition of Parmigiano-Reggiano in wheel parts.

This name identifies the Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese that shows limited or medium-sized defects in the mass and or rind structural texture, wich do not affect the typical organoleptic features of the product.
Besides the hot iron branded mark, a special mark consisting of parallel lines is stencilled all around the cheese rind.


Symbols and Marks Like the EXTRA mark, it is Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese that, after 18 months of maturation, is classified as first grade by the experts of the Consortium.



The Parmigiano-Reggiano designation can be used to denominate the grated product obtained from whole wheels that comply with the standards established by the Regulation.