Dan Aykroyd threatens to sue Isle of Wight hot sauce company after business

first_imgDan Aykroyd, second left, in Ghostbusters The sauce is based on the recipe of Mr Powers’s Mexican grandmother, while Blues Brother Mr Aykroyd’s vodka is filtered through diamonds. Crystal Head Vodka cocktail hosted by Dan Aykroyd  Mr Powers has just bought 10,000 skull shaped bottles, enough to last for more than two years. The couple, who make the sauce in their mother-in-law’s kitchen, were shocked to receive a letter from the star’s solicitors, accusing them of trademark infringement and insisting they destroy all their stock.They founded Bloody Hell Hot Sauce as a hobby three years ago and the £12 condiment is now sold at food shops on the Isle of Wight and across the UK, including Harvey Nichols and Fenwick.”I can’t believe this big company is trying to shut down a small family business on the Isle of Wight,” said Mr Powers.”They don’t just want us to stop selling our sauce, they want us to destroy absolutely everything.”When I read the letter, I was physically sick. It’s so unfair. So many products are sold in skull bottles, and ours has nothing to do with their market.” Dan Aykroyd, second left, in GhostbustersCredit: Everett Collection / Rex Features Dan Aykroyd at a Crystal Head Vodka event last monthCredit:David M Benett/Getty Dan Aykroyd, the Ghostbusters star, has threatened to sue an Isle of Wight hot sauce company after a business pitch by the family firm to the actor went horribly wrong. Mr Aykroyd has demanded Bloody Hell Hot Sauce makers Bobby and Rosie Powers stop selling their family recipe chilli sauce in a skull shaped bottle, claiming the design is too similar to his £350 a bottle Crystal Head Vodka.The legal row was sparked after Mr Powers approached Crystal Head Vodka to suggest a skull-themed Bloody Mary collaboration – an idea he admitted had backfired. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img

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