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Marie Brizard wants to expand
25 mai 2005
The Marie Brizard group, following its recovery (sales worth 337 million and 9.8 million in profits) has declared that it is ready to take on new acquisitions and may be interested in the resale of small parts of Allied Domecq after the takeover, notably for products sold in France or Spain where Marie Brizard has a good distribution network.

L&L : exporting liqueurs
25 mai 2005
The L&l house (Cognac) makes 95% of its sales with cognac-based liqueurs (600,000 cases, 99% in exports).

Printemps des liqueurs
25 mai 2005
On 21 May, the " Printemps des liqueurs " event (Liqueurs in springtime) attracted over 1350 visitors to L&L, Grand-Marnier, Royer and Merket.

Pineau on the airwaves
18 mai 2005
The pineau committee has chosen to promote its product through radio commercials. The slogan "Le pineau, tout y fait penser’ (all roads lead to pineau) will accompany messages prepared by the Venise communications agency. The commercials will be broadcast on five stations : NRJ, Chérie FM, RTL 2, MFM and Sud Radio.

LVMH ambitious
18 mai 2005
LVMH, which has reported organic growth of 11% in sales in the first quarter, is forecasting substantial restructuring in its sector and intends to participate actively, which enables it to reduce its debt to below 50% of equity and have an annual cash-flow surplus of 1.2 to 1.5 billion per year. The boss of LVMH, Bernard Arnault, has the second highest salary in the CAC 40 behind Linsay Owen-Jones (L’Oréal).

Counter bid for Allied Domecq
18 mai 2005
Constellation Brands has notified Allied Domecq of a counter bid for the group which has already approved the takeover bid from Pernod-Ricard worth 10.7 billion. Constellation Brands, with four partners, is offering 11.6 billion in cash.

Marie Brizard in good shape
18 mai 2005
The Bordeaux spirits group Marie Brizard, which owns the Gautier cognac house in Aigre, is counting this year on sales of 450 million euros (337 million in 2004).

BNIC raised its glass at agricultural show
11 mai 2005
During the last agricultural show in Paris, the BNIC served 7,035 glasses on its stand. 812 people took part in the tasting workshops.

Unicognac : new bottling plant in 2006
11 mai 2005
The Unicognac wine cooperative (Syntéane group) is due to set up a bottling plant at St-Germain-de-Lusignan (Charente-Maritime) at a cost of 4.5 million euros. The new facility, covering 4,800 m², will have a capacity of 10 million bottles per year. Managers at Unicognac are talking of retaining the sites at Jonzac and Fontbedeau.

Allied Domecq hits high
11 mai 2005
The fact that the Allied Domecq share price is riding well above the 670 pence offered by Pernod-Ricard shows that speculators believe that a counter-bid will be made.

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