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Marie Brizard brass at Hine
9 juin 2006
Recently, Hine cognac in Jarnac was visited by the top management of the Marie Brizard group, recently taken over by Belvédère which had acquired Hine from LVMH in 2003 .

Rémy-Cointreau (Rémy-Martin cognac) in Russia
9 juin 2006
Rémy-Cointreau has signed a reciprocal distribution agreement in the US and in Russia with Russian Standard, one of the major brands of vodka, and thus becomes sole distributor in the US with the Russian group becoming sole distributor for the Rémy-Cointreau brands (Rémy-Martin cognac, Piper Heidsieck and Charles Heidsieck champagnes). The aim is to outstrip Hennessy and become number one in the Russian market.

Courvoisier employees win
9 juin 2006
Employees at Courvoisier (Jarnac) voted to return to work on 8 June after two and a half days’ strike, when the labor unions obtained a 2% increase applicable to real salaries (instead of applying to the base index in the collective agreement which had been negotiated by the branch on 1 June).

Cognac school
9 juin 2006
The agronomist Véronique Lemoine has just started a cognac school, aimed at the general public, in Cognac and Segonzac.

Cognac and barrels
9 juin 2006
The Bnic is running promotional events for cognac in restaurants until 8 June. A round table on the future of barrel-making has been organized for 8 June at 5.15 p.m. in the village hall at St-Aigulin (Charente-Maritime)

Cognac storehouses : salaries rise by +2%
3 juin 2006
On 1 June representatives of employers and personnel signed an agreement as part of the cognac storehouses joint consultative committee which provides for a 2% pay increase for the employees in all the cognac merchant houses from 1 March 2006.

Cognac : +4.1% in April 2006
31 mai 2006
28,550 hectoliters of cognac pure alcohol were shipped in April 2006 (+4.1% compared to April 2005).

Printemps des liqueurs
30 mai 2006
The Printemps des liqueurs festival (liqueurs in springtime), organized on 13 May, attracted 2,500 visitors in four cognac houses (+25% over 2005) : Merlet (Chérac), L&L, Marnier-Lapostelle and Louis-Royer.

Charente barrels weighing in
30 mai 2006
60% of barrels produced in France are manufactured in the Charente and Charente-Maritime. Some 400,000 to 450,000 barrels are turned out by the workshops each year. The sector represents 900 jobs in the two counties with three leading companies : Seguin-Moreau, Taransaud and Vicard. The apprentice training center in Cognac has the only cooper training course in France.

Cognac school
29 mai 2006
At the end of June Véronique Lemoine is launching the « Ecole des cognacs » which will offer three modules : qualities of eaux-de-vie, scents and the effects of aging on savors and vintages.

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