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Three whisky companies in India have been banned from using the term 'Scotch' on their labels, according to the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA).

The trade organisation said that permanent injunctions had been granted against Oasis Distilleries, Adie Broswon Distillers & Bottlers and Malbros International. The court prohibited the defendants from selling whiskies they produce in India with references on their labels to 'Scotch', 'Scotch Whisky' or 'Scotland'.

The companies have also been banned from using any words, names or images which evoke Scotland or Scotch whisky, unless the product is a genuine Scotch whisky, according to the SWA.

The trade body said this was the first action raised using measures in its Spirit Drinks Verification Scheme, which was launched in 2014 with the intention of reassuring consumers that they are buying a genuine product. The scheme involves registration of every part of the supply chain with the UK Government. Bottlers outside Scotland that want to use Scotch whisky in a local spirit also need to be verified under the scheme.

The proceedings related to three products, Royal Arms, Blue Patrol and Malbros, all referring to Scotch whisky on their labelling.

Earlier this month, Scotch whisky secured geographical indication (GI) status in Mozambique as the category continues to chase protection against fakes in Africa.


Sectors: Spirits

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