Home Cognac-world Contact
News About the cognac Cooking Cognac crafts The shops online Forum Newsletter
Search :
The news

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%).

Marie Brizard takeover bid welcomed
23 décembre 2005
The markets have given a warm welcome to the proposed Belvédère / Marie Brizard merger, which was officially confirmed on 21 December. Belvédère will increase its capital in order to finance the takeover bid.

Cognac : 5,891 vineyards in 2005
23 décembre 2005
This year, 5,891 vineyards in the Charente and Charente-Maritime produced 913,652 hectoliters of cognac white wine on 72,765 hectares.

Cognac
21 décembre 2005
Shipments of cognac shot up by +15.3% in November compared to 2004 (+5% over 12 months, + 11% over 24).

Belvédère preparing to bid for Marie Brizard
21 décembre 2005
The French company Belvédère, market leader for white spirits in Eastern Europe (and seeking to diversify into brown spirits and other geographical regions) may be preparing to launch a takeover bid for Marie Brizard, which owns notably Gautier cognacs. Based in Bordeaux, Marie Brizard makes 77% of its sales in France. 50% of its business is in the wine sector, 24% in non-alcoholic drinks and 21% in spirits. It is currently worth 232 million euros (plus debts of 100 million) on the Stock Exchange. CL Financial, a shareholder in the Belvédère group, already owns Hine cognacs.

Cognac struggling in France but has a plan
21 décembre 2005
Sales of cognac in France has fallen from the equivalent of 12.3 million bottles in 1985-86 to 7.2 million in 2004-05. In order to boost consumption, the BNIC is organizing a plan "FO7" based on marketing events, training for restaurant owners, etc.

Cognac : the battle over purchase prices
21 décembre 2005
Apart from the small cognac houses which are trying to retain their wine growers’ loyalty (increases of about 2%), the cognac brokers are saying very little regarding the price paid to wine growers. The wine growers should benefit more this year from the increase in volumes (the QNV has risen from 7.6 to 8.3 hl of pure alcohol per hectare) than from the increase in prices.

Wine growers in court
21 décembre 2005
25 wine growers from the Cognac area have appeared before the High Court in Angoulême for exceeding authorized quotas for wine destined to produce cognac between 2001 and 2003. The verdict will be delivered on 16 February 2006.

Oreco AGM
21 décembre 2005
The cognac economic organization (Oreco, presided by J.-Daniel Fougère) has 600 shareholders, 2,500 clients and 5 storage sites. The stocks this year stand at 376,000 hectoliters.

1 - 10 - 20 - 30 - 40 - 50 - 60 - 70 - 80 - 90 - 100 - 110 - 120 - 130 - 140 - 150 - 160 - 170 - 180 - 190 - 200 - 210 - 220 - 230 - 240 - 250 - 260 - 270 - 280 - 290 - 300 - 310 - 320 - 330 - 340 - 350 - 360 - 370 - 380 - 390 - 400 - 410 - 420 - 430 - 440 - 450 - 460 - 470 - 480 - 490 - 500 - 510 - 520 - 530 - 540 - 550 - 560 - 570 - 580 - 590 - 600 - 610 - 620 - 630 - 640 - 650 - 660 - 670 - 680 - 690 - 700 - 710 - 720 - 730 - 740 - 750 - 760 - 770 - 780 - 790 - 800 - 810 - 820 - 830 - 840 - 850 - 860 - 870 - 880 - 890 - 900 - 910 - 920 - 930 - 940 - 950 - 960 - 970 - 980 - 990 - 1000 - 1010 - 1020 - 1030 - 1040 - 1050 - 1060 - 1070 - 1080 - 1090 - 1100 - 1110 - 1120 - 1130 - 1140 - 1150 - 1160 - 1170 - 1180 - 1190 - 1200 - 1210 - 1220 - 1230 - 1240 - 1250 - 1260 - 1270 - 1280 - 1290 - 1300 - 1310 - 1320 - 1330 - 1340 - 1350 - 1360 - 1370 - 1380 - 1390 - 1400 - 1410 - 1420 - 1430 - 1440 - 1450 - 1460 - 1470 - 1480 - 1490 - 1500 - 1510 - 1520 - 1530 - 1540 - 1550 - 1560 - 1570 - 1580 - 1590 - 1600 - 1610 - 1620 - 1630 - 1640 - 1650 - 1660 - 1670 - 1680 - 1690 - 1700 - 1710 - 1720 - 1730 - 1740 - 1750 - 1760 - 1770 - 1780 - 1790 - 1800 - 1810 - 1820 - 1830 - 1840 - 1850 - 1860 - 1870 - 1880 - 1890 - 1900 - 1910 - 1920 - 1930 - 1940 - 1950 - 1960 - 1970 - 1980 - 1990 - 2000 - 2010 - 2020 - 2030 - 2040 - 2050 - 2060 - 2070 - 2080 - 2090 - 2100 - 2110 - 2120 - 2130 - 2140 - 2150 - 2160 - 2170 - 2180 - 2190 - 2200 - 2210