News

CHINA: Wahaha pins hopes on new Danone tribunal

Most popular

Pernod Ricard Performance Trends 2015-2019

Diageo Performance Trends 2015-2019 - data

Where should wine focus its on-premise efforts?

Major spirits brands dodge the US tariff bullet

just-drinks speaks to Comite Champagne

MORE

Chinese firm Wahaha has said it is confident of victory when its trademark dispute with Groupe Danone goes before a Swedish tribunal in January.

Wahaha said yesterday afternoon (23 September) that a court in Stockholm would hear the dispute with the group's French joint-venture partner at the beginning of 2009.

Danone and Wahaha signed a joint-venture agreement in 1996, but have since been locked in a long-runnning trademark battle in several countries. Danone alleges that Wahaha illegally copied products and sold them outside of the venture.

Wahaha said that the Swedish court case, to take place at Stockholm Chamber of Commerce's Arbitration Institute, would be a "critical" hearing in the feud.

Danone declined to comment on the upcoming hearing when contacted by just-drinks. A spokesperson re-iterated the firm's belief that Wahaha's claims were "full of falsehood", however.

The French dairy and drinks giant suffered a setback in August, when the Hangzhou Intermediate People's Court in China upheld a previous decision by the arbitration commission in favour of Wahaha. Danone vowed to fight on.


Sectors: Soft drinks, Water

Companies: Wahaha, Groupe Danone

Related Content

How Danone has upped its health & wellness game - Research in Focus

How Danone has upped its health & wellness game - Research in Focus...

In the Spotlight – Danone stake sale to Huiyuan Juice Group

In the Spotlight – Danone stake sale to Huiyuan Juice Group...

just the facts – Danone, Wahaha dispute

just the facts – Danone, Wahaha dispute...

Comment - The Danone Wahaha legacy

Comment - The Danone Wahaha legacy...

Oops! This article is copy protected.

Why can’t I copy the text on this page?

The ability to copy articles is specially reserved for people who are part of a group membership.

How do I become a group member?

To find out how you and your team can copy and share articles and save money as part of a group membership call Sean Clinton on
+44 (0)1527 573 736 or complete this form..



Forgot your password?