Northern Foods is claiming a victory in its long running battle with the Melton Mowbray Pork Pie Association.

The prepared foods giant is celebrating the decision by the Court of Appeal to refer the case to the European Court of Justice, which is likely to delay a final resolution by up to two years.

The application for Protected Geographical Indication status by the Melton Mowbray Pork Pie Association, which is supported by Defra, will continue to be considered by the European Commission but any enforcement would have to wait until after the ruling of the European Court of Justice.