FINLAND: Court rebukes Lignell & Piispanen for 'Cognac' faux-pas
Finnish drinks firm Lignell & Piispanen has been banned from using the term "konjakki" on product labels.
Finland's Supreme Administrative Court ruled that the Finnish translation of the French 'Cognac' wrongly implies that the spirit was produced in Finland. The court has told Lignell & Piispanen to change the name of its Hieno Konjakki product, which is, nevertheless, produced in the Cognac region of France.
Cognac benefits from Geographical Indication status in the European Union, which means that it can only be produced within the region of France that shares its name and can only be produced according to specific rules.
For the full ruling, in Finnish, click here.
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