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Scotch whisky gets GI status in Cambodia

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Scotch whisky has earned geographical indication (GI) status in Cambodia, becoming the latest foreign product to gain such protection in the Kingdom.

This new development follows a call by the Ministry of Commerce for foreign products to seek GI recognition in the Kingdom.

A GI status acts a protection or trademark for a product made in a particular region. It protects and enhances the reputation of a product, whose sales usually go up after they are accorded such status.

According to a report in just-drinks.com, Cambodia is the latest among more than 100 countries that have accepted Scotch whisky’s GI status.

Made in Scotland, Scotch whisky is among the most well-known alcoholic drinks in the world. The manufacture of Scotch whisky is specified by law, including the mandate that it should be aged in oak barrels for at least three years.

“We are pleased that Scotch whisky’s GI has now officially been registered in Cambodia,” Lindesay Low, deputy director for legal affairs at the Scotch Whisky Association, said in the report.

“Southeast Asia is a market for Scotch whisky that has seen strong growth in recent years, with huge potential to continue as knowledge increases around Scotland’s national drink. Securing GI protection is a significant milestone in ensuring that consumers know they are drinking authentic Scotch whisky,” he added.

Scotch whisky is the second foreign product to have received such status in the Kingdom. In May of this year, Champagne of France became the first foreign product accorded GI status.

During the ceremony celebrating the occasion, Minister of Commerce Pan Sorasak called on more foreign products to apply for GI status.

“We called on producers of other foreign GI products selling in Cambodia to follow suit and seek a certificate to protect their GI status as Cambodia is also a member of the World Intellectual Property Organisation,” he said, referring to the global agency leading the fight to protect intellectual property rights.

There is no mention as to when Scotch whisky applied for GI status. Processing such applications usually takes more than a year as in the case of Champagne. Champagne applied for GI status in 2017.

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