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Part victory in cider brandy row
Julian Temperley shows his products to EU officials
Mr Temperley showed some of his products to EU officials
Somerset's cider brandy producers, who travelled to Brussels to save their industry, have won a partial victory.

A new European regulation threatened the 300-year-old tradition, claiming true brandies were grape, not apple-based.

But EU officials have agreed to review Somerset cider brandy after distiller Julian Temperley pleaded his case.

"They were talking about protected geographical indication," said Somerset Liberal Democrat MEP Graham Watson.

"In the West Country, we have Cheddar cheese, the Cornish pasty, elsewhere, Melton Mowbray pies," he said.

"What that would mean is that Somerset cider brandy would be given protected status.

"It would be allowed to market itself under that name and of course would secure a future for the industry and allow us to continue enjoying an excellent local product."

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