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Martell bottling at Lignères
30 mars 2005
Martell has installed its bottling facility at Lignères (Rouillac, 11 million investment). All packaging facilities will have left Cognac by June. The unit will be able to produce 5,000 to 15,000 cases per day.

Cognac : increased shipments
30 mars 2005
From March 2004 to February 2005, shipments of cognac rose by 6.1% compared to the previous twelve months. It represents 134,7 million bottles.

Hennessy sharpens up its strategy
30 mars 2005
The Hennessy cognac house has announced an increase in the quantity of cognac it is to buy, the construction of 3 new storehouses before the end of the year and the strengthening of its advertising resources (an additional 10 million invested).

Federation of wine and spirits exporters
30 mars 2005
Philippe Castéja is the new president of the Federation of wine and spirits exporters (FEVS). He takes over from Patrick Ricard, president of the Pernod-Ricard group. The FEVS includes some 550 companies.

Rémy Cointreau reactivates equity capital
30 mars 2005
On 24 March Rémy Cointreau sold 1.5% of its capital, which it was holding in auto control (602,430 shares sold at 23,24 euros each), to meet new regulatory constraints and to improve its balance sheet. The group is thus reactivating some 11,30 million euros of equity capital.

Single cooperative for Rémy Martin
23 mars 2005
Alliance Fine champagne, the sole cooperative for Rémy Martin, set up on 18 March as a result of the merger between Champaco and Prochacoop, brings together 1300 wine growers in the Grande and Petite champagne areas. Elsewhere, Rémy Martin has raised the price of its tourist visits : 12 euros at Merpins, 20 euros at the head office.

Cognac boosts Picto-Charente exports
23 mars 2005
Regional foreign trade in 2004 progressed by +1.7% but imports rose by +13.8% The main customers of Poitou-Charente are the United States, Spain and the United Kingdom. The main suppliers are Germany, Spain, Italy, the United Kingdom, Holland and Russia. Cognac is obviously driving exports with 94.4% of shipments abroad, some 135 million bottles. Of the 444,863 hl of cognac shipped from the storehouses in 2002, 378,110 were exported overseas, including 36.5% to the US. Sales rose by +1.10% in North America, by 7% towards Europe and by 16% towards Asia. Among the top five cognac houses are Hennessy, Martell, Courvoisier,Camus and Château de Cognac.

Pineau sales
23 mars 2005
In 2004, pineau sales progressed by 4.8% with 84,390 hl in volume and fell by 1.4% abroad (27,737 hl). The main market for pineau is Belgium (80.8% of overseas sales), ahead of Canada (10%), Germany (1.6%), the United Kingdom (1.4%) and Japan (0.7%). Other countries in the world represent 5.5%.

Top of the range cognac
23 mars 2005
A magnum of 1874 Rémy Martin cognac, in crystal signed by Baccarat and incrusted with diamonds, is on sale for 40,000 euros. The rare specimens of this series are on sale at London’s Heathrow airport, on the Queen Mary ll and in Japan. The 2000 bottles of "Succession JS" from Courvoisier are presented in a hand-crafted mahogany case. It is a blend of eaux de vie ranging from 50 to 100 years of age from the same vineyard. The presentation case is on sale at a price of 3000 euros.

New storehouse for Courvoisier
23 mars 2005
The Courvoisier cognac house in Jarnac has built a 2,400 m² storehouse on its Belloire site with a storage capacity of 30,000 hl.

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