The Stilton Cheesemakers' Association
The SCMA was formed in 1936 to represent the interests of the Stilton manufacturers and raise standards. Today the SCMA has those same objectives but is also responsible for:
  • promoting Stilton world wide
  • managing the trade marks; and
  • ensuring that standards are maintained at all licensed dairies.
The SCMA was granted a certification trademark for Stilton in 1966 and is still the only British cheese so accredited. This meant that the good name of Stilton was protected and that imitations produced other than in the three counties of Derbyshire, Leicestershire, and Nottinghamshire could not be sold under the Stilton brand.
In 1996, the SCMA succeeded in achieving "Protected Designation of Origin" status for Blue Stilton from the European Commission. Whereas certification trademarks had to be separately applied for in each EU country, the PDO effectively gave Stilton protection from imitation across the whole of the EU. In addition, over the years, the SCMA has been granted (or is in the process of being granted) certification trademarks for Stilton in many non-EU countries including the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa.
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