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Université des eaux-de-vie
18 janvier 2006
The Université des eaux-de-vie in Segonzac has just welcomed its 18th year group (17 students)

BNIC seeking to improve ugni-blanc
17 janvier 2006
The BNIC professional trade organization has asked its research station to examine a selection of the best ugni-blanc rootstock (variety used for cognac) in order to place quality (regularity, resistance to disease, correct acidity level...) before quantity. The first plants to be used in the selection will be planted in 2006 at the Oisellerie agricultural college at La Couronne (Charente)

Lionel Breton to oversee the Havana Club
17 janvier 2006
Havana Club rum has joined the portfolio of brands under the supervision of Lionel Breton, the CEO of Martell cognac.

Maugars leaves Rémy-Martin
17 janvier 2006
Jean-Baptiste Maugars, who arrived in august 2003 as General Director of Rémy-Martin (second-largest cognac house, 1.7 million cases annually) was dismissed in December.

New storehouses for ORECO
11 janvier 2006
The Cognac Economic Organization (ORECO) bought two storehouses in 2005 at Javrezac and Mas-d’Usson. At the AGM on 13 December last, the organization reported turnover of 9.25 million euros (2004-2005). On average, the company stocked 374,273 hectoliters of pure alcohol (+2.1% in a year).

Wine growers and direct selling
11 janvier 2006
In 2000, there were 7,553 wine growers in the Charente and Charente Maritime, including 745 selling directly to the public. At the start of 2005, there were 6,149 wine growers and 541 selling directly.

End of the bonnes chauffes
11 janvier 2006
All through the month of December, about one hundred cognac producers threw open the doors of their vineyards and explained their profession to visitors. Take the example of the Duluc family in Touzac (Charente) which based its discovery program on cooking with cognac.

Packaging key purchase factor
4 janvier 2006
A study by the National Institute for packaging design (INDP, Cognac) shows that the packaging is a key factor in the purchase of spirits. A test of 180 bottles shown to 200 people puts a little-known brand (Dimples) in first place in the whisky category, thanks to the surprising shape of its bottle. For brown spirits, Meukow VSOP takes first place, Absolut vodka is the winner for white spirits and Porto Vasco wins the aperitif category.

Tourist sites in the Charente
31 décembre 2005
In 2003, 180,000 people visited the cognac houses and 8,500 visited the Letuffe chocolate factory. The CNBDI comic strip center in Angoulême had 33,731 visitors and the Cognac museum received 12,062 visitors.

Belvédère buys Marie Brizard
31 décembre 2005
The takeover bid from Belvédère for Marie Brizard is almost complete : for 213.47 million euros, Belvédère is acquiring 69.3% of the capital. The works committees may have approved the operation but the financing remains to be organized (increase in capital scheduled). After this operation, Belvédère will make a bid for the minority shares (94.5 million euros to acquire the remaining 30.7%).

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