'Choco' need not contain chocolate, judge rules
A suit filed against Delhaize by Nutella, makers of the famous chocolate spread, was unsuccessful as the court ruled that “choco” doesn’t actually have to contain chocolate
Victory for Delhaize
Ferrero complained that Delhaize was advertising the hazelnut spread as choco, implying the presence of chocolate. The company argued that this was unfair competition against the more expensive Nutella, which does contain chocolate. Ferrero was demanding a fine of up to €100,000.
The court followed the reasoning of Delhaize, which is that choco is a separate concept from chocolate, does not imply the presence of chocolate and is simply a way of describing the taste of the product. There is a legal definition for chocolate, but not for choco.
A second claim by Ferrero was also rejected by the court. The company complained that Delhaize’s advertisements stressing the absence of palm oil in its spread was a direct attack on Nutella, which contains the ingredient. Delhaize publicity claims that palm oil is less healthy and less environmentally friendly than other ingredients. The court ruled that there was no evidence to show Delhaize’s claims were not true, so they could not be prohibited.
Photo courtesy Delhaize
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