The world's largest wine and spirits group Diageo is attempting to persuade the German authorities to ditch a new tax on ready-to-drink (RTD), or alcopop, brands, such as Smirnoff Ice.
 
The law has been brought into place this month over fears the brands appeal to underage drinkers. RTDs have a reputation for appealing to underage drinkers because of the sweet taste and stylish packaging.

The UK's Financial Times reported today that Diageo has asked the federal constitutional court in Karlsruhe to block the law immediately.

The paper said that although the request was denied, the court had agreed to review the legislation.