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End of the double use system
1er février 2005
Two advisors from the ministry of Agriculture have confirmed to the BNIC that the double use system (no distinction between production for eaux-de-vie and for drinking wine) is to end. The QNV measure relating to the amount normally produced will probably be extended.

Award for cognac cocktail
1er février 2005
Elsa Levet, who works at the Sofitel in Lyon Belleville, won the competition organized by the barmen’s association of France on 31 January at the BNIC in Cognac. Her recipe : mix in a shaker 3 cl of cognac, 1.5 cl of crème de pêche (peach), 5 cl of pear juice, 2 cl of lemon juice and 0.5 cl of blue Curacao. Serve with a twist of apple, a kumquat and a carambole.

Alizé evening at the Garden Ice Café
1er février 2005
The Garden Ice Café in cognac is organizing a special evening on 4 February devoted to the "Alizé" cocktail produced by L&L.

LVMH progressing
25 janvier 2005
LVMH (Hennessy cognacs) has reported growth of 11% to 12.63 billion euros in 2004 (6% on same-basis terms) despite difficult trading conditions. Sales in the wine and spirits branch are in unison (+11%) thanks to increases in price and volume. Operating profits are expected to be 2.18 billion, a rise of 10%. LVMH expects further improvements in 2005.

Camus polished up its image
25 janvier 2005
Camus is completely reorganizing its communications, counting on an international publicity campaign (France, Russia, Japan, Korea, USA) and has overhauled its logo.

Marie-Brizard sells its "food service"
25 janvier 2005
The Bordeaux group Marie-Brizard (present in the Cognac area) has just sold off its "food service" (ingredients for food products) to the Distillerie du Périgord company (Sarlat, Dordogne).

Rémy-Cointreau : sales of 711.6 million between April and December 2004
25 janvier 2005
The Rémy-Cointreau group had sales worth 711.6 million euros between April and December 2004 (including 251 million for Rémy-Martin cognac alone), compared to 703.2 million a year earlier (+5%).

Exports of wines and spirits
25 janvier 2005
Sales of French wines and spirits abroad fell by 3.3% over the first eleven months of 2004. Still wines plunged even more (-9.4% in value).

Martell donates its archives
25 janvier 2005
Martell & Co has just donated the archives of its subsidiary Augier-Robin-Briand, some 33 tons of documents, to the town of Cognac.

Cognac and China
19 janvier 2005
In the Charente, the cognac houses represent 83% of the 27,696,932 euros in exports from the Charente to China.

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