European Court of Justice rules in Kerry Group’s favour

The European Court of Justice has ruled in favour of Kerry Group in a row over the cultural significance of the word ‘Kerry’.

The court was adjudicating in a row between the Spanish distributors of Kerrymaid, produced by Kerry Group and the Dublin co-operative, Ornua, which makes Kerrygold butter.

Ornua brought a legal case to protect the world famous Kerrygold butter brand when attempts were made to start selling Kerrymaid dairy spread, which is produced by Kerry Group, in Spain.


A Spanish commercial court ruled against Ornua, in a dispute over the cultural significance of the word ‘Kerry’, stating that Kerry is a county in Ireland and that Kerrymaid and Kerrygold had been sold here and in the UK for many years.

Ornua appealed and the case was referred to the European Court of Justice.

In a statement to Radio Kerry, Kerry Group says the European Court of Justice has ruled in its favour and that this decision will now be considered by the Spanish Court of Appeal.