Cristal made its way back to Russia

The Cuvee Prestige of Louis Roederer champagne house – Cristal – is officially back on the shelves in Russia – since December 2012. In the beginning of 2012 Louis Roederer lost a case to the major vodka producer in Russia — SoyuzPlodImport (SPI Group), which demanded champagne producers either to pay royalty off Cristal brand usage or leave the Russian market due to the similarities to the major SPI vodka brand – Kristall. SPI lawyers managed to prove in court that the vodka giant had registered its trademark prior to Louis Roederer and that those are too similar and too confusing for the consumers in Russia. Continue reading