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Hine and Gautier under the same flag
21 avril 2006
The acquisition by Belvédère of 69% of the Bordeaux group Marie-Brizard brings together under the same flag, that of the Trinidadian group Angostura, Hine cognac (Jarnac, turnover 8.5 million euros) and Gautier (Aigre, turnover 11 million).

Coopers getting organized
19 avril 2006
The grouping of employees in the cooperage industry in the Charente and Charente-Maritime is taking shape. A union may soon be formed.

Etapes du cognac
19 avril 2006
Les Etapes du cognac have launched their 2006 tourist season with the publication of a new map showing members, wine growers, distilleries, accommodation, artisans and restaurants.

Vineyards under test
18 avril 2006
The Charente vineyard Conservatory, on the initiative of the Rural Institute for education and vocational counseling (Ireo), is to set up a laboratory and an experimental vineyard in 2007 at a cost of 300,000 euros.

Young farmers’ AGM on 26 April
18 avril 2006
The JAAC young farmers group, which organizes the annual cognac fête, are holding their AGM on 26 April at 5.30 p.m. in Sainte-Lheurine (Charente). The marketing director of the Bnic will use this opportunity to present the French inter-branch strategy.

Cognac still leads regional exports
18 avril 2006
In 2005, cognac remained the leading export product in the Poitou-Charentes region : over 1 billion euros (21.3% of regional exports)

Hennessy in the US
18 avril 2006
LVMH has named M. Cornell at the head of Moët-Hennessy USA. A connoisseur of cognac (he was in charge of Hine and sat on the executive committee of Hennessy), Cornell will be in charge of the development of the Hennessy brands in North America , recently added to by brands acquired with Belvédère and Glenmorangie.

Courvoisier : growth at 11.2%
18 avril 2006
The Courvoisier cognac house, which now belongs to Fortune Brands, has reported an 11.2% volume increase for 2005.

Pineau des Charentes
12 avril 2006
In the general assembly of the pineau producers’ union in Saintes on 11 April, the union called for reduction in yields in 2006 to 50 hl/ha. The effort should be made “rapidly” according to the president to maintain the timid signs of renewed economic prosperity. In addition producers are to make marketing efforts to attract British customers.

Courvoisier explains changes
12 avril 2006
Courvoisier has brought together its distillers and called an assembly of its wine growers on 12 April to explain its recent changes. The Allied Domecq group, which owns the cognac house, was taken over by Pernod-Ricard which transferred it to the American fund Fortune Brands.

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