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Award for H. Mounier
4 décembre 2009
The H. Mounier merchant house has been awarded an Oscar de l’Emballage in the “luxury prestige consumer” category for its “Héritage du prince” cognac (leather case and crystal decanter).

Cognac promotion struggling
1er décembre 2009
The tourist boards in Charente and Charente-Maritime have launched a joint promotion campaign for cognac on Internet, much to the displeasure of the Bnic professional trade organization. The Bnic regrets the lack of consultation. In addition, the tourist board in Charente, in association with the board in Gironde, has launched a promotion campaign in Russia using the Cyrillic translation of cognac, which is something the Bnic has been fighting against for years.

Rémy-Cointreau : lower profits
26 novembre 2009
The Remy-Cointreau group has reported net profits of 39.4 million, a drop of 18.4%, in the first half-year of fiscal 2009-2010. Sales have fallen by 0.9% to 361.9 million. Chief Executive J.-M. Laborde, has not ruled out the acquisition of a further brand.

Martell increases purchases
24 novembre 2009
The Martell cognac house announced at the end of the AGM being held by SICA “Union of cognac-producing winegrowers”, its main supplier, that it would purchase 30,300 hl of pure alcohol this year from Sica, compared to 27,697 hl last year (+10% annual increase). Since 2004, the quantity purchased from Sica has increased sevenfold.

Coopers awarded diplomas
24 novembre 2009
17 coopers have received their diplomas from the Cognac Chamber of Trade. Five recipients are still unemployed five months after obtaining their diplomas.

Cognac sales drop over 12 months
24 novembre 2009
Cognac shipments have fallen by 13.7% over the last twelve months ( -11.9% to North America, - 17.4% to Europe and -11.5% to Asia). However, October levels are the same as October 2008.

Cognac sales drop over 12 months
20 novembre 2009
Cognac shipments have fallen by 13.7% over the last twelve months ( -11.9% to North America, - 17.4% to Europe and -11.5% to Asia). However, October levels are the same as October 2008.

Camus and the crisis
20 novembre 2009
Cyril Camus, CEO of the cognac house of the same name (5th largest on the market) has set out his strategy to deal with the crisis in the “Sud Ouest” newspaper. The strategy in itself is not revolutionary : reduced promotional spending, such as the end of the sponsorship of Blues passion, the selling of some stocks, a stronger sales presence in Asia (notably China), some investments deferred and other brought forward, activity centered on 2 sites (administration and bottling in Cognac, ageing in Segonzac, the sale of the Merpins site which lies on the route of the future Cognac beltway). The Camus cognac house has managed to become much more reactive than in the past in the light of reversals.

Hennessy and Martell leading the way in jobs for the disabled
20 novembre 2009
The largest cognac houses have used the disabled employment week to set out their steps in this area. At Châteaubernard, Hennessy has rolled out a redeployment and support program for disabled workers (5% of a total of 700 employees). At Lignères, Martell (8% disabled workers out of a total of 350 employees) has put in place a new production line with 3 disabled workers out of 8.

Season of AGMs in cognac
20 novembre 2009

-  Sica “Union of cognac-producing winegrowers (Martell suppliers) is holding its AGM on Friday 20 November at 3.30 p.m. in Javrezac, at the distillerie de la Galienne. The agronomist Claude Bourguignon, the founder of the laboratory for microbiological soil analysis, will lead an exposé on sustainable management of viticultural soils.
-  The committee for the defense of viticulture in the Charente (Modef) is holding its AGM on Saturday 21 November at 9 a.m. in Cognac, at the salle Fragonard in the couvent des Récollets.
-  The Charente agricultural cooperative (CAC) will hold its AGM on 11 December in L’Isle d’Espagnac, at the Espace Carat. After an ordinary AGM, an extraordinary AGM will approve the merger with Syntéane.


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