The Bologna Mortadella boasts a success which has lasted uninterrupted for over two thousand years. It is one of the most popular Made in Italy cold cuts in the world, whose production may be located in an area of Roman influence that extends from Emilia Romagna to Lazio. The producers association ‘Consorzio Bologna Mortadella’ has protected and promoted it for 13 years in collaboration with the Italian Ministry for Agriculture, Food and Forestry. It promotes the IGP Bologna Mortadella and acts in order to oppose imitations and counterfeits. To date, the Consortium counts 31 member companies, which produce about 95% of all the IGP Bologna Mortadella, whose production area falls within the territories of Romagna, Piedmont, Lombardy, Veneto, province of Trento, Tuscany, Marche, and Lazio.
Sliced, diced, and mousse
The Bologna Mortadella is realized starting from the processing of carefully selected meats, without the addition of polyphosphates, colouring agents, and milk proteins. When it is cut, its surface is velvety, characterized by a uniform vivid pink colour. The Mortadella is proposed in all sizes, from a few grams to more than 20 quintals.
The IGP Bologna Mortadella, in addition to the time of appetizer served in slices or in the classic small cubes, can astonish if it is accompanied with such fruit as grapes, cherries, apples, and pears, whose acidity is compensated by the typical flavour of this sausage. It can also become the main character of mousse, rolls of meat, and delicious fillings. In 2013 it was produced in more than 38,000,000 kg so ranking second among the most consumed protected cold cuts in Italy. It is considered a product with high nutritional value, whose composition in noble proteins, minerals, and unsaturated fats is in line with the trends of modern nutritional science. To date, a 10% of this cold cut is exported to all over the world, in such Countries as France, Germany, United Kingdom, Austria, Spain, Croatia, Switzerland, and United States. It is mainly sold on the deli-counter, while 22.4% is marketed as self service product, in pre-packaged trays, slices, or in small sizes.