The APRV General Meeting discussed key areas of work and accepted a new member into its ranks
On June 24, 2022, the next General Meeting of the members of the Association of Producers of "Russian Vodka" (APRV) took place, during which the participants discussed the issue of controlling the authenticity and characteristics of alcoholic beverages by optical spectroscopy methods, accepted a new member into the Association, and also instructed the Federal State Enterprise "Soyuzplodoimport" to organize work on legal support of registration of geographical indication (GU) "Russian vodka" (GI "Russian vodka") in the European Union.
The event was attended by the heads and representatives of six companies that are current members of the Association: FCP Soyuzplodoimport, LLC Ladoga Group, JSC Moscow Plant Kristall, LLC Bryanskspirtprom, LLC Russian Standard Vodka, PJSC Beluga Group and LLC Stellar Spirits and Botling, the applicant for membership in the Association, as well as representatives of Rosalkogolregulirovaniya, JSC "Rosspirtprom" and the All-Russian Research Institute of Optical and Physical Measurements (VNIIOFI).
A.D. Levin, a leading researcher at VNIIOFI, Doctor of Technical Sciences, told the audience about a unique method for assessing the authenticity of vodka samples using surface-enhanced Raman light scattering on a portable Raman express analyzer, gave an example of using this method in foreign practice, in particular when verifying the authenticity of strong grain drinks (whiskey) without opening the bottle, and he also demonstrated the spectral differences of vodka labeled with NMPT "Russian Vodka" obtained during the experiment, from other vodkas.
The President of the APRV Vladislav Spirin brought to the General Meeting the appeal of LLC Stellar Spirits and Bottling about joining the Association of Producers of Russian Vodka and put this issue to the vote.
Whereas one of the members of the APRV – The Federal State Enterprise "Soyuzplodoimport" has many years of experience in conducting lawsuits abroad, including constantly interacting with foreign lawyers who can provide services for the preparation and submission of documents necessary for the settlement of registration issues of the State Enterprise "Russian Vodka" (GI "Russian vodka") to the European Commission, the General Meeting decided to entrust the Federal State Enterprise "Soyuzplodoimport" to attract foreign lawyers to prepare and file objections to the European Commission, with compensation for the costs incurred.
The next meeting of the Association of Producers of "Russian vodka" is scheduled for autumn 2022.