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Personnel reduction at Rémy-Martin
23 mars 2006
The CLS Cointreau group is to reduce staff numbers which will affect the Rémy-Martin cognac house (400 employees)

Irexpo 2006
22 mars 2006
The 16th edition of Irexpo will take place on 1 and 2 April at the Ireo in Cherves-Richemont (Charente). The event includes the Borderies eaux-de-vie competition and the white pineau competition. To take part, two bottles taken from commercial stock must be sent before 28 March.

Pineau producers angry
22 mars 2006
Pineau producers demonstrated yesterday in Cognac to protest against purchases at low cost (about -15% over the last two years). They vented their anger on the Comptoir français commercial (CFC) which is accused of buying a batch 40% below the normal price. The pineau producers’ union has bemoaned a 2.6% drop in sales in three years.

Most popular spirits in the world
21 mars 2006
The magazine "Impact" (February 2006) has published the league table of the highest sales in 2005. Smirnoff vodka heads the list, whereas cognac appears in 21st place with Hennessy (3.7 million cases). Rémy-Martin is 52nd (1.8 million), Martell is 77th (1.3 million) and Courvoisier is 88th (1.1 million). Grey Goose vodka (Gensac-la-Pallue) lies in 40th position (2.3 million cases).

Cognac dries up in Russia
14 mars 2006
A logistics problem (new duty labels not ready) is blocking all Russian imports of alcohol at the border. Russia is the 7th largest market for cognac in the world.

Rémy-Cointreau sells off Bols
13 mars 2006
Rémy-Cointreau (Rémy-Martin cognacs) finalized the sell-off of several brands, including Bols, on 10 March to the European investment fund ABN Amro Capitals

Hennessy seeking to expand
13 mars 2006
The Hennessy cognac house would like to construct 10 storage warehouses at Bagnolet, taking its storage capacity to 118,500 m². A public inquiry is being held from 24 March to 24 April.

Independent wine growers in the Charente seeking higher profile
12 mars 2006
Unknown to the general public, there are some 10,000 independent wine growers in France and 80 (out of 6,000 wine growers) in the cognac area. Their status is defined as controlling everything relating to their production from A to Z, from the rootstock to the end consumer. The independent producers are launching a new three year communication program (new slogan : "Savoir-être du vin", new visuals) In addition the independent producers in the Charentes are looking for ways to confirm their representation : they have no official representation within the cognac trade body and are completely swamped by their opposite numbers in Aquitaine and Languedoc.

Sideco steps down
6 mars 2006
Sideco (society for the development of cognac), a financial link between brokers and wine growers, is expected to put an end to its activities within 2 to 3 years.

Cognac overproduction ?
3 mars 2006
According to the magazine "Le Paysan Vigneron" cognac pot stills may produce 580,000 hl of pure alcohol before 31 March compared to a target of 544,000. Overproduction last year was only 14,000 hl.

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