Exclusivity for Dutch gin
Netherlands plea to EU - Typical spirits must be protected.
24 October 2006
LUXEMBOURG - The Netherlands wants that gin (genever) can only be made in the Netherlands, Belgium and some adjacent areas.
Minister Cees Veerman (agriculture) has brought this request forward on Tuesday to colleagues of other EU countries.
The exclusive right must apply also to liquors and ‘advocaat.’ These spirits are typical for this part of the world and can not be made elsewhere according to the Netherlands.
Young gin is the most widely drunk strong spirit in the Netherlands: Some 170.000 hectolitres in 2005, according to figures from the trade organization for spirits. Liquor (78.000 hectolitres) and Advocaat (21.000 hectolitres) are somewhat less popular.
[Copyright Expatica News 2006]
Subject: Dutch news