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French champagne producers will resume exports to Russia

Sent: 2021-09-13 13:14

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French champagne producers are planning to resume beverage supplies to Russia as of Sept. 15, Bloomberg reports, citing the leadership of the Regional Champagne Wine Committee.

The committee announced a drop in supply in July. The reason for this decision was the adoption in Russia of a law requiring a bottle of champagne to indicate the type of wine product – “sparkling wine”.

Although the name “Champagne” can still be used in Latin letters on the main label, the law obliges producers to use the term “sparkling wine” on the back label, and only Russian producers they can use the name “Champagne” in Cyrillic letters.

This has caused outrage among French champagne producers, who have published an analysis of the consequences of such a law in Russia.

Meanwhile, the Russian Ministry of Agriculture stated that these changes do not prohibit the use of names of wine products, including Champagne.

“If a producer has duly registered a geographical indication for wine products, including Champagne, the law does not prohibit its use,” the ministry’s press service said.

According to the Regional Champagne Wine Committee, in 2020, the supply of champagne decreased by 18% to 245 million. bottles. The main reasons for the reduction were the restrictions imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic, such as the reduction of trading venues worldwide and the cancellation of events.

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