Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Vodka vs. rye battle crops up

Q: What do you get from the maker of Crop Harvest Earth Organic Vodka if you are the maker of WhistlePig FarmStock Rye Whiskey with the designation Crop No. 001?

A: A cease-and-desist letter to stop using the word "crop."

New York' Chatham Imports apparently thinks sales of its Crop Harvest line of plain and flavored vodkas somehow will be negatively impacted by the Vermont distiller's rye whiskey being labeled with the number of its grain crop harvest.


Chatham Imports contends that its vodka is well known and widely distributed and has a firm grip on the word "crop." WhistlePig responds that its spirit is rye whiskey and has nothing to do with vodka.

Stay tuned to see how this pressing matter of commerce resolves itself.

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1 comment:

  1. Great marketing plan for Chatham, which no one has heard of, to sue a well known brand such as Whistle Pig.