A batch of counterfeit Georgian wine has been removed from sales in Ukraine and the offender was fined by the Ukrainian Antimonopoly Service, announces the Georgian National Wine Agency today.
In 2016, the National Wine Agency received information that Ukrainian companies had illegally imitated Georgian wines and used Georgian protected appellation wine names illegally. In particular, non-Georgian wines were sold on the Ukrainian market, the symbols and marks of which were associated with Georgia. Georgian wine labels on the bottles misled consumers about the country of the wine’s origin,” read a press release from the Georgian National Wine Agency.
Companies operating in Ukraine create unfair competition conditions for Georgian wine producing companies and thus directly influence the export potential of Georgian wine. With regard to this fact, the National Wine Agency, within the mandate granted to it by the Government of Georgia, addressed the Ukrainian Antimonopoly Committee which initiated and launched an investigation against Ukrainian company LLC KAMIANKA GLOBAL WINE,” said the Agency.
By the end of 2017 the Ukrainian Antimonopoly Committee acknowledged that the actions of the Ukrainian company as a violation of the Ukrainian law on "protection against dishonest competition" and imposed a penalty of about $242,265.
At the same time, KAMIANKA GLOBAL WINE has been banned for implementing similar actions on the imitation of Georgian wine in the future.