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Lacarrière becomes Chevalier
24 mai 2006
Jean-Pierre Lacarrière, director general of Rémy-Cointreau, and president of the Bnic, has been made a Chevalier in the National Order of Merit.

Semaine du cognac
24 mai 2006
The cognac week in Poitou-Charentes takes place from 1 to 8 June. Events and/or tastings will be organized in 800 establishments in the region. Only 4% of sales of cognac take place in France.

Pernod-Ricard ambitious
24 mai 2006
Pernod-Ricard intends to dethrone Diageo as the world leader in wines and spirits. The group claims to be a year ahead of schedule in integrating Allied Domecq (including Martell) and has said it is ready to make further acquisitions, notably in champagne (it is fourth in the world, with sales of 300 million bottles per year and wants to become number 2 behind LVMH). Lionel Breton, head of Martell cognacs, is very pleased with the 49% progression in sales of cognac in China from 2002 to 2005. In another move, the Corrèze-based company Saury has just bought the Martell cooperage in Cognac. The 10 employees are being kept on.

Pineau committee : Claire Floch receives award
22 mai 2006
Claire Floch, the director of the pineau committee, has been made a Chevalier in the National Order of Merit.

Cognac : 590,000 hectoliters of pure alcohol
22 mai 2006
This winter, winegrowers in the Charente region distilled 590,000 hl of pure alcohol compared to a estimate of 545,000 hl. The quantity normally available for vinification (QNV) should be known on 28 June. The Bnic plans to invest 2.8 million euros in promoting cognac.

Good figures for cognac
22 mai 2006
The Bnic (Bureau national de l’interprofession du cognac) trade body has reported a 7% rise in exports in the 12 months to the end of April. Outputs rose by 4.3%. The Bnic has approved a budget for 2006-2007 of 11.6 million (+1.13%). In another move, 10,000 bottles of counterfeit cognac have been destroyed in Belgium.

Ricard has its eye on Russian vodka
22 mai 2006
Pernod-Ricard is in negotiations with the Russian firm FPK Soyuzplodoimport, a public group which is contesting the distribution of Stolichnaya vodka in certain markets. Ricard acquired its distribution outside Russia during the takeover of Allied Domecq. Pernod-Ricard may well take over the brand completely in order to settle the dispute.

Hennessy : discontent about salaries
22 mai 2006
150 employees at Hennessy (at the La Vigerie bottling plant) went on strike on 18 May to protest against the salary policy and the industrial atmosphere. A works committee meeting was held on 22 May.

Alcohol fire prevention measures
22 mai 2006
Many efforts have been made in the last 5 years to prevent alcohol fires in the storehouses. Firefighters have been trained for this type of intervention. There are 21 Seveso sites in the Cognac area.

Pernod-Ricard : turnover up by 67.4%
16 mai 2006
At the end of March, 2005-2006 turnover at Pernod-Ricard over nine months showed a 67.4% rise (4.571 billion euros). Martell has risen by 2% and become the 2nd largest cognac company in China.

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