Don’t blink! Castel or Catesle?
At a glance, you would think the French wine giant Castel group is presenting its new ranges at the food and drinks fair in Tianjin this week.
Closer inspection reveals not only it’s deceitfully spelt CATESLE but also the wine is from Sicilia in Italy, not France.
Again, this knockoff is distributed by Shanghai Feidisi Trading Company. The company in 2014 registered a trademark for CATESLE but was sued by the French wine group for trademark infringement. Earlier this year, its trademark of CATESLE was ruled invalid after more than six years of court battle.
It’s shocking how the company, which is the bad actor in at least two legal cases, still managed to exhibit at the wine fair without any ban or a shred of scrutiny.