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Camus in China and the US
14 décembre 2005
The Camus cognac house (170 employees) has set up a sales office in China. In order to develop on the American market, it has forged alliances with brands present in the US. Overseas sales represent 95% of turnover for Camus. In the 2004-2005 fiscal year (ending on 28 February) turnover was 40 million euros.

Cognac in supermarkets
14 décembre 2005
The Meukow and Royer cognac houses have two strategies for their distribution in supermarkets : the first uses distributor brands, the second is based on liqueurs.

Cognac training for hoteliers and restaurant owners
14 décembre 2005
The hoteliers and restaurant owners in the Cognac hotel circle will be on a training course about cognac on 15 December (sales, promotion, cuisine).

Facelift for barrels
14 décembre 2005
D ; Navarre, a cooper at Saint-Sulpice-de-Cognac, uses the Wilfa process to recondition barrels (40% of his business).

ORECO AGM
14 décembre 2005
The cognac economic organization (ORECO) held its AGM on Tuesday at 5 p.m. The company stocks 12.2% of all the eaux-de-vie in the region. It declares stock worth 400 million euros to the insurance companies.

Camus counting on XO
14 décembre 2005
A month after the launch of its redesigned XO Elegance, the Camus cognac house has indicated that XO represents 40% of its business.

Bouilleurs de cru in the Charente
14 décembre 2005
Distillers in the Charente and students from the Université des eaux-de-vie in Segonzac (Charente) have worked together on the "Les bonnes chauffes" operation (open days in distilleries). 36 distilleries opened their doors to the public in Dcember. The profession is continuing its gradual decline : 1,400 distillers in 7 years (and a drop from 140 to 109 for professionals alone).

Rémy Cointreau refocusing
14 décembre 2005
Rémy Cointreau has reported a current operating result of 64.4 million euros (+6.8%) for the first half of 2005 (31.8 million euros and +11.4% for Rémy Martin cognac alone). The group is continuing to reduce its perimeter. Following the sale of its vodkas Bols, Soplica and Niagara, the group has announced that it will soon be selling the entire Bols brand (31 references of vodka and liqueurs) as well as other brands in the long term (F. Bonnet champagne). The group intends to double sales in its champagne branch within 3 years.

New worries for winegrowers in Merpins
14 décembre 2005
The Court of Cassation has reopened the case of some one hundred winegrowers in the Merpins area (Charente, edge of the Charente-Maritime) who see themselves being called to account by the Court (2.8 million euros in outstanding debts) regarding the bankruptcy of a distillery in Merpins (the Montignac distillery and the limited liability private company AJB Vieillissement) despite the fact that the growers were not even shareholders ! The fault lies with a GIE (association for developing commercial interests) set up at the time at the same address as the registered office of the distillery and which was mothballed instead of being wound up at the end of its activity.

Packaging design
7 décembre 2005
The VS Pack trade fair in Cognac on 6 and 7 December provides an opportunity to discover the latest trends in packaging design for wines and spirits. The creations of 110 students are in competition. Two students from the Limousin area have notably perfected cognac in a can, aimed at attracting young people to this drink.

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