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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.

500,000 hectoliters of pure alcohol in Cognac in 2004
3 mai 2005
Winegrowers in the Cognac area delivered 500,000 hectoliters of pure alcohol to merchants in 2004-2005. The amount normally produced (QNV) for next season is thus fixed at 8.3 hl of pure alcohol per hectare.

Rémy Cointreau logistics
3 mai 2005
Rémy cointreau has inaugurated a 18,000 m² logistics facility in Angerswhere it will consolidate its shipments (95% in exports), some 50 million bottles and 5 million cases. Until now the logistics were based at 3 centers in Angers, Cognac and Reims. The facility was designed by Logidis (Mory group) which will also be in charge of operations.

Counter-bids for Allied Domecq
3 mai 2005
There may well be two counter offers for Allied Domecq (for which Pernod-Ricard has made a friendly bid) : one from Constellation Brands with two allies, the other from Bacardi with Diaego.

Elections at the winegrowers’ union
3 mai 2005
The winegrowers’ union (SGV) elected 220 delegates on 2 May. One third of the committee must be renewed by the end of May.

Martell visits
3 mai 2005
Lionel Breton, CEO of the Martell cognac house, is to inaugurate the new visitors’ circuit on 18 May.

Printemps des liqueurs on 21 May
3 mai 2005
To mark the operation called "Printemps des liqueurs" (liqueurs in springtime) the cognac houses Louis Royer (Jarnac), Grand-Marnier (Bourg-Charente) and Merlet (Chérac are organizing open days on 21 May.

Maison des Maines : halt on wine harvest
27 avril 2005
The cooperative La Maison des Maines (200 members) has announced that 25% of the next harvest will be bottled, as a result of disappointing sales in 2004 (with a target of 340,000 bottles, 120,000 were sold). The remaining 75% would be used in less profitable outlets.

Cognac shipments in March 2005
27 avril 2005
Shipments of cognac rose by 3.6% in March (compared to March 2004 and by 16% compared to March 2003). From March 2004 to March 2005, total outgoings of cognac were the equivalent of 157 million bottles.

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