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Awards for cognacs in Grande-Champagne
27 avril 2005
The Grande-Champagne show was the opportunity to award prizes to VSOP and eaux-de-vie. 13 VSOP cognacs were presented : silver medals for Raymond Desse and the Marcadier-Barbot house and a bronze medal for Michel Forgeron.

Competition for Pernor-Ricard bid
27 avril 2005
The American group Constellation Brands has just appointed two banks to advise in trying to assemble partners to present a counter offer for Allied Domecq. But analysts doubt that it will lead to anything.

Public inquiry for H. Mounier
27 avril 2005
A public inquiry will be held from 10 May to 10 June to record observations from neighbors at Gensac-la-Pallue ahead of the construction of new buildings by the AT2l company for H. Mounier. The Cognac cooperative is preparing to move its remaining three storehouses from Cognac to Gensac within 18 months.

Courvoisier increases payments to winegrowers
20 avril 2005
For 2006, Courvoisier has announced a 2.5% minimum increase in prices paid for account 1 eaux-de-vie. The rise could be as much as 4% for winegrowers and distillers who reach the highest results in terms of quality. For the 2004-2005 campaign, purchases by Courvoisier from the winegrowers of the Sica ACBC cooperatives rose by 6% to 5444 hectoliters of pure alcohol, compared to 5066 in 2003.

Rémy-Cointreau and Pernod-Ricard’s proposed takeover of Allied Domecq
20 avril 2005
The takeover of Allied Domecq (Courvoisier cognac) by Pernod-Ricard (Martell) and Fortune Brands could take the form of a 10.7 billion euro bid as early as today. The idea of a counter-bid from Constellation Brands in association with Bacardi is not given much credence by analysts. Rémy-Cointreau (Remy Martin), for its part, considers that it will be able to remain a small player in terms of volume as long as it has high value-added brands and is not ruling out such targeted acquisitions. If the Fortune Brands/Pernod-Ricard bid is successful, this may pose a problem for Rémy-Cointreau in Asia where it has a shared distribution network with Fortune Brands.

Wage hikes at Hennessy
20 avril 2005
Management and labor unions have agreed on a 2.2% salary increase with a gross minimum rise of 38 euros. Individual increases (on merit and promotions) have been raised by 0.3%. In addition, Hennessy is welcoming 150 of its American distributors on 18 and 19 April.

Winegrowers’ union
20 avril 2005
The elections of the winegrowers’ union (SGV) are taking place until 22 April. A total of 222 candidates have entered the lists.

Itinerant distiller
20 avril 2005
James Roux is one of the seven or eight itinerant distillers present in the Charente.

An American in Cognac
20 avril 2005
The American journalist Kyle Jarrard has just published a book on the history of cognac.

Four cognac houses open their doors
12 avril 2005
To mark the national operation called "Printemps des liqueurs" on the 21st of May, four cognac houses are organising open days : Merlet & Fils (Chérac in Charente-Maritime), Marnier-Lapostolle (Bourg-Charente), L&l (Cognac) and Louis Royer (Jarnac).

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