Bird & Bird's Food & Beverage Group is delighted to present the first edition of the Food Law Digest for 2014 with a diverse range of topics and the latest legal developments in the Food & Beverage industry in Europe.
Among other topics, we discuss recent judgments on trademark law such as the latest decision on the use of the trademark “Budweiser” in Italy and why the colour purple has not become a UK trademark for Cadbury’s chocolate. In the Netherlands we had another interesting decision in the area of advertising law where Verkade used a comparative claim for advertising its fruit biscuits. We also report on regulatory issues of the food industry featuring the amendment of the Foodstuffs Regulation in the Slovak Republic, the supervision of online retail of alcohol in Sweden, and the reasons for the increase of illicit trade and counterfeit cigarettes after the introduction of plain packaging of tobacco products in Australia. You will also find interesting articles on recent developments in the Czech food sector and VAT rates on foodstuffs and beer in Poland.
Last but not least, we will show you concepts for restaurant businesses that are looking at making their business more international.
We hope you will enjoy reading this selection of interesting and informative articles!
Ulf Grundmann and Armand Killan
Editors and Co-Heads of the Food & Beverages Group