Kategori: 2018-08

The taste of a cheese cannot be protected by Intellectual Property Law

On 25 July 2018 the European Court of Justice was asked for a preliminary ruling by a Dutch Court of Appeal whether the taste of a food such as a cheese can be protected by copyright. In his conclusions, the Advocate General considers that the taste of a food does not constitute a work within the meaning of the Directive 2001/29. It is now up to the European Court of Justice to take a final decision, EDA Dairy Flash writes.

“The idea to protect – beyond the geographical indications, trademarks and brand names – also the unique taste of a cheese is an interesting approach. Today’s legal instruments may indeed, as stated by the Advocate General, not be fit for this purpose”, stated EDA secretary general Alexander Anton.

Greek Olympus invests in Romania

Olympus, one of the biggest dairy producers in Romania, has invested €20 million in a new production line at its factory in Halchiu, near Brasov.

Romania-Insider reports that the new production line will allow the company to expand its local product portfolio with a new yogurt brand, Stragghisto, based on a traditional Greek yogurt recipe.

The new yogurt has the lowest lactose and highest protein contents of all similar products on the market due to the advanced production technology, according to the company.

Increased demand for imported food in China

Chinese consumers’ demand for imported food has been growing steadily as the standard of living in China improves, according to a statement from the General Administration of Customs.

China’s total food imports amounted to $58.28 billion last year, up 25 per cent year-on-year, while the annual average growth rate over the previous five years was 5.7 per cent, data from the administration showed.

The European Union remained China’s largest supplier of food, followed by the United States, New Zealand, Indonesia and Canada. Meat, oil, dairy, and seafood were among the most popular food imports in China.

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World Cheese Awards 2018 in Bergen

The Guild of Fine Food has announced that the competition will be held in Norway for the first time in 2018, in partnership with HANEN, an organisation promoting the best that the Norwegian countryside has to offer. Forming part of a brand new food festival, The Food Country Norway, the 31st annual World Cheese Awards will take place in Bergen on Friday 2 November.