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Guide to environmentally-friendly viticulture
2 mars 2005
A guide has just been published :"Bonnes pratiques viticoles et environnement" (good practice in viticulture and the environment) (176 pages) dealing with environmentally-friendly viticulture in the Charente area. It costs 20 euros. It is available from the BNIC or the chamber of agriculture in Cognac.

Begey pineau and cognac in Paris
2 mars 2005
J.C. Begey, who produces pineau and cognac at Villars-les-Bois (Charente-Maritime), attends the agricultural show in Paris each year.

Mot-Hennessy brings together its brands
2 mars 2005
Mot-Hennessy, the wine and spirits branch of LVMH, is to reorganize the distribution of its brands in the US within a single group, Mot-Hennessy USA, which will employ 200 people. Distribution until now has been handled by three companies.

Pernod-Ricard still in the field for Allied Domecq
22 février 2005
The rumors concerning the takeover of Allied Domecq (Courvoisier cognac) by Pernod-Ricard (Martell and Bisquit cognacs) have been rekindled by the announcement in the "Mail on Sunday" newspaper of a possible alliance between Pernod-Ricard and the American company Fortune Brands with a view to such a takeover.

Philippe Boujut to leave the SGV
22 février 2005
As he is preparing to give up the presidency of the SGV winegrowers’ union, Philippe Boujut has put forward two possibilities regarding his successor : "A technician or a politician". In an interview for Sud Ouest, he explains that "it will depend on the composition of the future union for the defense of the cognac appellation". Well-known for his ability to communicate and his diplomacy, Philippe Boujut considers that the brokers have not necessarily fulfilled their part of the contract by not raising, albeit slightly, the price paid to winegrowers.

Owners of Hine at ChateauOnline
22 février 2005
The Caribbean fund CL Financial, which owns the Hine cognac house, has just acquired the ChateauOnline Internet site, one of the leaders in sales of wine on Internet, and is considering developing the site to include the sale of spirits.

Diageo
22 février 2005
Diageo, the world leader in spirits, has recorded a 4.26% drop in pretax profits to 1.8 billion euros for the first half of its fiscal year 2004-2005, but is maintaining its growth forecast for the full year.

ABK6 : a different breed of cognac
22 février 2005
Francis Abcassis, an entrepreneur who has acquired the Maine Drilhon vineyards in the petite champagne area and Leyrat cognacs at Claix and Mainfonds, is launching a new brand of cognac : "ABK6". The brand is aimed at young people but "with no concessions whatsoever regarding quality".

QNV to be decided in June
15 février 2005
The BNIC trade organization decided on 8 February that the QNV measure relating to the amount normally produced would be set in mid-June, based on factors such as the amounts distilled in the previous campaign or the volume of cognac outgoings over a year.

Marie Brizard acquires William Pitters
15 février 2005
The Bordeaux group Marie Brizard (present in the Cognac area, turnover 37 million euros) has announced the takeover of the Gironde spirits company William Pitters.

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