‘Parmetta’ ended in failure: A new success for the consortium of Parmigiano-Reggiano before a German Court

Reggio Emilia, 22nd June 2010 - A new success for the Consortium of Parmigiano-Reggiano within the sphere of actions against imitations or evocations of the P.D.O. Parmigiano-Reggiano’s name.

Parmetta

The preliminary injunction proceedings brought by the Consortium against the German company Fuchs Gewürze GmbH ended with a judgement by the Court of Cologne which, in Germany, prevents the marketing and advertising of a cheese-based product called ‘Parmetta’ as it violates the P.D.O. Parmigiano-Reggiano. The decision also condemned the German company to pay the whole legal costs.

The affair started on 22nd January 2009 and after the first preliminary injunction issued by the Court, the German company’s opposition was made vain.
In particular, the Court confirmed that the name ‘Parmetta’ clearly evokes that of the P.D.O. ‘Parmigiano-Reggiano’ and, sharing the Consortium’s position, underlined that ‘Parmetta’ is a cheese-based product, consisting of 54% of hard cheese and 17% of other cheeses; for this reason it is comparable with the P.D.O. Parmigiano-Reggiano and it cannot be simply considered as a spices-based top dressing as the German company had stated.
After the decision had been served, the German lawyers informed the Consortium’s lawyers that they did not want to appeal against the preliminary injunction issued by the Court of Cologne, which therefore became definitive.

“We are obviously very satisfied with this judgement – underlines Mr. Leo Bertozzi, the Consortium’s director – which, in accordance with our position, consolidates a number of successful legal actions which are partly still ongoing; at the same time we hope and believe that this step may serve as a deterrent to those who continue to evoke the name ‘Parmigiano-Reggiano’ – often combining an evocative name with an evocative packaging - and therefore end up deceiving consumers.”