CJEU rules that ice cream sold as ‘Champagner Sorbet’ can be branded as ‘Champagne’

Aldi Süd's Champagner SorbetIn a judgment released earlier this week (Comité Interprofessionnel du Vin de Champagne v Aldi Süd Dienstleistungs-GmbH & Co.OHG, C-393/16) the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) reviewed relevant EU legislation on protected designations of origin (PDOs) in deciding a case concerning a sorbet branded and sold as ’Champagner Sorbet’.Katfriend Nedim Malovic (Sandart & Partners) reports.Here’s what Nedim writes:“Following the sale of “Champagner Sorbet” in 2012, the Comité Inteprofessionnel du Vin de Champagne (CIVC) brought proceedings against Aldi Süd, seeking an injunction from the Regional Court of Munich I that would prohibit further sale of the product under that name, despite it containing 12% champagne. According to the CIVC, Aldi Süd would infringe the PDO ‘Champagne’.The court granted the injunction, but this was reversed on appeal. The…

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