The Swiss PDO-PGI Association was founded on 24 February 1999 with the following objectives:
- To explain to the Swiss consumers the basics of AOP and IGP
- To promote and offer the logo AOP and IGP to each produces
- Unite all the branch organisations benefiting from the protected designations of origin and the protected geographical indications in one forum.
- Represent the interests of the PDO-PGI, as well as of the brand organisations.
The organisation is funded by those of the associations who own a product registered as PDO or IGP, or whose application is pending. In addition, the organisation is funded by its passive members. A part of the promotional activities are subsidised by the Swiss Confederation within the framework of the agricultural sales promotion.