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Hangzhou Wahaha Group Co. has won a legal ruling over its dispute with Chinese joint-venture partner Groupe Danone regarding the ownership of the Wahaha brand in the country.

A Caijing Magazine has reported on its website today (10 December) that The Hangzhou Arbitration Commission has ruled in favour of Wahaha, because the period during which Danone was eligible to file a lawsuit over the matter had lapsed.

The French company, which has the right to file an appeal against the decision, said in a statement: "We are shocked by the result, simply because this was made after the key evidence presented by Hangzhou Wahaha Group for its arbitration request was completely rejected by the fundamental facts of the matter.

"This verdict does not mean the brand can be legally used by any party other than Danone Wahaha joint venture," added Danone, which plans to appeal.


Sectors: Soft drinks, Water

Companies: Wahaha, Groupe Danone

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