UK: Sovio Wines eyes appeal
Sovio Wines has said it may appeal against a decision in the High Court this week tha upheld a ban on its low-alcohol wine.
The UK beverage company told just-drinks today (4 March) that it was looking at the possibility of an appeal but that it was still at discussion stage.
The company has 28 days following the High Court verdict within which to lodge an appeal.
Sovio Wines markets the Sovio brand of reduced alcohol wine, which the company describes as being 100% premium wine but containing 40% less alcohol.
The FSA, however, ruled in 2007 that Sovio's 8% alcohol wine was illegal under EU law due to the 'spinning cone' method the company used to reduce the level of alcohol in the semi-sparkling wine.
Following a two-year battle, Sovio Wines' lawyers told the court this week that the ban on its semi-sparking white and rose drinks had "paralysed the firm".
Mrs Justice Dobbs on Monday rejected the company's argument that it had a "legitimate expectation" based on previous promises by FSA and local trading standards authorities that the wine would be allowed on to the UK market.
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