SWA claims victory in passing-off case

05 May, 2011

A producer of spirits made in Panama has given an undertaking not to engage in activities that might pass-off its products as Scotch whisky.

The undertakings follow legal action taken by the Scotch Whisky Association in the Scottish Court of Session, the first time action has been taken under new Scotch whisky regulations brought in two years ago.

The SWA took action against Reynald & Sons and its director Reynald Grattagliano after the company advertised 14 brands of “whisky”, including Golden Dollar, St Edwins and Paddington, each bearing the description “Scottish spirits”.

SWA investigations found that the spirits were manufactured in Panama from neutral alcohol and flavourings.

SWA legal advisor Lindesay Low said: “We are pleased that we have received undertakings preventing conduct that is likely to lead to a spirit which is not Scotch whisky being passed off as genuine Scotch.

“Our concern has been that this company was misleading consumers and unfairly trading on Scotch whisky’s reputation.”

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