'The whole world needs to try these truffles and should not be deprived,' said Nigel Farage
today as he handed a box of English-made champagne truffles over to a French MEP in the European Parliament.
The South East England MEP and UKIP spokesman Nigel Farage was making the case for his constituent Sarah Payne whose small company Cocoa Loco
has been threatened with European legal action
for manufacturing and selling truffles made with authentic French champagne as a key ingredient.
Handing a box of champagne truffles to well-known French MEP Philip de Villiers (pictured with Nigel Farage
), Mr Farage said, 'It is ridiculous that this fine product cannot be sold. It is good for trade, it's good for real champagne, and the consumers obviously like them. They're a delight which I recommend to my constitutents.'
After hearing his arguments and tasting the offending truffles, Mr de Villiers agreed and said he would write to the Comite Interprofessional du Vin de Champagne whose job it is to protect the champagne brand, and ask them to allow this lady to sell her champagne product.
Mr Farage also wrote to all French MEPs (below) saying, 'I would like a sensible, pragmatic solution to this problem and ask if you can persuade the Comite that someone here has made a mistake. A swift resolution of this will be good for champagne sales and for Anglo-French relations.'
Letter to all French MEPs
I do understand that the Comite Interprofessional du Vin de Champagne has an important job to do in protecting the Champagne brand. This request will do nothing but help that brand and French exports.
A small chocolate product manufacturer, Cocoa Loco based in my constituency has received a letter from the Comite. Among their products are Champagne truffles and they are being told not to use the name Champagne or face action at the European Court of Justice. Such a letter is very worrying for a small business. I suggest to you that in this case the Comite are missing the point.
Far from limiting the brand they are using Champagne in their product and making a high quality product. The Comite should be delighted with their work, it is good for them. I would like a sensible, pragmatic solution to this problem and ask if you can persuade the Comite that someone here has made a mistake. A swift resolution of this will be good for Champagne sales and for Anglo French relations.
P.S. I have boxes of their truffles for you to try.