Kenyan brewery fights to keep Pilsner name

SAB-owned Czech brewer sues for sole rights in many countries

May 23, 2000 - Kenya Breweries (KBL) indicates it is ready to do battle with South African Breweries (SAB) over the use of the Pilsner name.


The SAB-owned Czech brewer Plzensky Prazdroj has instituted of legal suits in several countries over what it views as the improper use of the Pilsner name. KBL plans to fight to defend the its Pilsner Lager. Pilsner is one of the most popular local beer brands, only second to KBL's Tusker brand.

"If they attempt to replicate the (Pilsner) issue in Kenyan courts, we will challenge it vigorously with the hindsight that SAB has used various legal maneuvers to stop the sale of and entry of Tusker Lager into their South African home market," a KBL press release stated.

The Czech Republic is the cradle of Pilsner and Plzensky Prazdroj contends Pilsner should be treated as an appellation.

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