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Cognacs under scrutiny
22 juillet 2005
On 21 July three American sommeliers tasted 60 samples of cognac in Segonzac for the magazine Bordeaux-New York (15,000 to 20,000 copies distributed free to American importers) The results will be published in September. Web : www.bordeauxwineinternational.com

Cognac sales in 2004
22 juillet 2005
The June edition of the review Impact sets out the cognac sales figures : 10,5 million cases sold in 2004 (+6.1% in volume, +0.6% in value). The four major houses have increased their market share (3.6 million cases for Hennessy, 1.7million for Rémy Martin, 1.16 for Martell abd 1.12 for Courvoisier). Martell has overtaken Courvoisier.

Cognac : increased requirements
21 juillet 2005
The BNIC is recommending a rise in production of 130,000 cases to meet the demands of the American, Russian and Chinese markets. The prices paid to producers could rise by 3 to 4%

Meukow distributed in the US
13 juillet 2005
Meukow cognacs are to be distributed in the US by Barton Brands (a branch of Constellation Brands) starting on 1 August.

BNIC approves 2005-2006 QNV
13 juillet 2005
The BNIC cognac trade organization has unanimously approved a 2005-2006 QNV figure (amount normally produced) of 8.3 hl of pure alcohol per hectare (7.6 in 2004). The BNIC has also given the go-ahead for XO to be linked to "compte 10" from 2016.

Cognac SMEs call upon banks
13 juillet 2005
The cognac SME brokers’ union (20% of the cognac trade) has called for support from the banks to help increase production and the transfer of XO to "compte 10" (i.e. minimum age 10+).

Cognac museum
13 juillet 2005
One year after its inauguration, the cognac museum has welcomed 15,000 visitors. It had hoped to attract 40,000 to 50,000 in a year.

Wine and AOC : 75,000 producers affected
13 juillet 2005
The AOC guaranteed origin label concerns 46% of wine production and 75,000 vineyards. There are 468 appellations in the sector. In 2003, AOC wines had a turnover of 13.6 billion euros with 1.6 billion euros for eaux-de-vie. AOCs represent 483,687 hectares, some 57% of the total area.

Lafragette restructures
13 juillet 2005
In Cognac, Jean-Paul Lafragette (L & L, production of beers and cocktails) is reorganizing his structures following the acquisition of A. de Fussigny. He has created a company called Maison Lafragette (wines), L & L deals solely with the cocktail AlizŽ and he is developing the distribution of A. de Fussigny cognac in restaurants in Asia and the US. In another move, L & L is launching two new beers in addition to XO Beer (500,000 euros invested).

Rémy-Cointreau strengthens its position
5 juillet 2005
Rémy-Cointreau and the Polish company Takirra have each taken a 10% stake in the capital of the American group CEDC in exchange for a jointly held Polish company. This operation enables Cointreau to strengthen its distribution network by joining up with the American network.

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