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Cava-top wants to move

Spanish cava-producers Freixenet and Cordoníu are preparing contingency plans to move their main offices from rebellious Catalonia.


At the weekend Freixent president, Jose Luis Bonet, was quoted as saying: “If we really are headed for a unilateral declaration of independence, there will be a major exit of firms from Catalonia, which will cause grave damage to Catalonia.”


But while switching head offices to Madrid or Valencia might mitigate some problems, the very fact that cava is a wine of Denominacion de Origen contained within Catalonia could present more significant headaches in terms of transportation of wine across “borders” and local taxation if separation proceeds.


Although any civil disturbances are most likely to be centred on Barcelona itself following the violence associated with the independence referendum 10 days ago (which was declared illegal by the Madrid constitutional court), the possibility of strikes, boycotts and other actions targeted at Catalan producers cannot be ruled out while feelings on both sides remain high.

(Source: Thedrinksbusiness)