Australian honey producers have won a four-year trademark battle in Britain amid a long-running dispute with New Zealand over who can claim the term “manuka honey”. The Manuka Honey Appellation Society, representing a group of New Zealand producers, was trying to stop Australian beekeepers from selling products using the word “manuka” in Britain. The NZ group says Manuka is a NZ word and taonga like Champagne is to France and the Aussies should not be trading off the back on the NZ brand. But he UK intellectual Property Office has rejected their application and Australian Manuka Honey Association chair Paul Callander says he is delighted.
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