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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).

LVMH backing rum
12 avril 2005
Moêt-Hennessy, the wine ad spirits subsidiary of the LVMH group, is to enter the American rum market with "10Cane". This operation requires an investment of 20 million dollars over three years.

Pernod Ricard makes clear its intentions
12 avril 2005
Pernod-Ricard has confirmed its interest in a takeover of the British group Allied Domecq which owns the Jarnac cognac house Courvoisier. If this takeover bid, even in partnership with the American company Fortune Brands, were to succeed, Pernod Ricard would become the second largest company in the cognac sector behind Hennessy.

Salaries in cognac houses
12 avril 2005
During the meeting of the Comité des chais de Cognac (CAC), labor unions obtained a 1.9% salary increase for employees of the cognac houses.

Cognac communicates on the train
12 avril 2005
In order to bring the celebrities to the Cognac crime film festival, on 7 April the BNIC (cognac national trade office) chartered a train from Paris. On board, the voyagers and members of the jury tasted regional products, notably cognac !

Allied-Domecq attracts attention
12 avril 2005
Pernod-Ricard (Martell) would very much like to acquire Allied-Domecq (Courvoisier cognacs). Bacardi may be interested in making a counter offer and is looking for partners to join it in the operation.

Unicognac SA
12 avril 2005
Unicognac SA in Jonzac is the wine subsidiary of the Syntéane group. It employs 45 people and sold 5 million bottles in 2003-2004. Turnover in 2003-2004 reached 13.5 million euros.

Martell increases its purchases
6 avril 2005
Lionel Breton, CEO of the Martell cognac house, has announced a 90% increase in viticulture purchases for 2005. It has 1,200 suppliers including 200 in the Sica-UVPC.

Cognac crime film festival
6 avril 2005
The Cognac crime film festival takes place from 7 to 10 April. The BNIC has decided to unblock an additional 150,000 euros for the event, for a total of 530,000 euros. The overall budget is 730,000 euros.

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