Easter eggs with a Buckfast gift have been ditched after a crackdown by makers of the controversial drink.
Off licence boss Derek Brennan was forced to destroy his controversial chocolate treats after the firm who make the tonic wine called in Trading Standards.
J Chandler & Co – who bottle and distribute the wine made by Benedictine monks in Devon – took action after it emerged Brennan’s d-Bees store was selling the £9.99 eggs.
A miniature bottle of Bucky, a fridge magnet and a lighter were included in the deal.
Chandlers are now considering suing d-Bees for breach of copyright. Brennan, based in Lurgan, County Armagh, claimed he had received orders worth £2000 just 24 hours after advertising them. He had inquiries from Scotland, England, Australia and the US.
But yesterday he said: “It’s David versus Goliath. All eggs and boxes have been destroyed and everyone got a refund online. I never got to post any orders as we were still only packaging them up but we’ve probably lost £5000. We sell Buckfast hampers that Trading Standards say are legal. Our only mistake was printing the logo.”
Brennan has been interviewed, under caution, by Northern Ireland Trading Standards officers .
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J Chandler & Co sales manager Stewart Wilson said: “We have the option to take legal action for damages. It was an unofficial Buckfast product.
“As well as being a breach of our trademark, the egg comes with a 5cl miniature of alcohol so we had concerns over public health. A chocolate egg is the wrong place for alcohol.”
Fife-based Chillilicious still advertise Buckfast-flavoured Easter eggs on their website. Chandlers said they can’t stop the firm using their product as they were not using branding, only the drink as an ingredient.
Source: The Daily Record