The French restaurant guide Gault&Millau has cancelled the licence agreement with its German partner Henris Edition. The company announced this in a press release. The decision has been effective since 16 November 2023 and is the result of "a payment default and the breach of other contractual obligations".
"It was with great regret that we realised that despite the official termination of our cooperation, the former partner continues to use the Gault&Millau name and uses a rating system and business practices that in no way reflect the standards, ethics and values that our brand has stood for since its foundation," the press release states. The Henris Edition publishing house took over the German Gault&Millau licences from the Burda publishing house just two years ago.
The Henris Edition publishing house in Munich responded shortly afterwards with a statement: "Henris Edition continues to hold a valid licence for the Gault&Millau brand in Germany on the basis of an effective licence agreement. In accordance with the contract, the licence costs have been paid in full up to and including 2025. Henris Edition will exercise the licence and the resulting rights in full. The messages currently circulating are damaging to the company's reputation and business and are emphatically rejected. Henris Edition expressly reserves the right to take legal action against the authors, in particular for injunctive relief and damages."
(ru / press release; Gourmetwelten)