By Associated Press - Tuesday, September 12, 2017

BEND, Ore. (AP) - A Bend distiller helped one of Oregon’s newer distillers with production and formulation of its flavored vodkas. The Oregon distiller now is accusing the Bend distiller of using that formula in its similar berry-flavored vodka.

The Bend Bulletin reports (https://bit.ly/2xvBiAU ) Attorney Gabe Weaver, who represents Northwest Natural Spirits LLC, alleges Bendistillery is using a different formulation that changes the taste and appearance in a way that makes it very similar to the Wild Roots Spirits, which Northwest Natural makes.

Northwest Natural is seeking damages over Bendistillery’s sales since July and an injunction to stop the selling of its “northwest berry” flavored vodka.

Bendistillery CEO Alan Dietrich says he has not yet seen a copy of the arbitration demand field by Northwest Natural.

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