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Italian Balsamic Vinegar Makers Lose Appeal to Shut Down German Rivals

  • EU top court rules on scope of geographical name protection
  • Italian producers fought use of generic parts of name
Balsamic Vinegar Barrel, Modena, Italy

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Producers of Italian vinegar from the region of Modena lost a challenge at the European Union’s highest court to stop German rivals from using parts of their protected name Aceto Balsamico di Modena.

The protection of the name Aceto Balsamico di Modena “does not extend to the use of non-geographical individual terms” of that name, the EU Court of Justice in Luxembourg ruled on Wednesday.