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Cognac houses a big draw
22 décembre 2004
The cognac houses attracted 206,745 visitors in 2004 (5th place in regional terms). The Futuroscope (Poitiers, theme park) is the leading tourist site in the Poitou-Charentes : 1.205 million visitors.

Cognac shipments in 2003
22 décembre 2004
In 2003, 72 million bottles of cognac were shipped to Europe (62.8 million within the EU), 52.6 million to America (including 49.1 million to the USA and 1.5 million to Canada), 23.5 million to Asia (including 6.6 million to Singapore and 4.1 million to Japan), 0.6 million to Oceania and 0.4 million to Africa.

Millesime cognac for H. Mounier
15 décembre 2004
The H. Mounier cognac house is launching a millesime cognac (1975, under the brand Prince Hubert de Polignac). 1,975 bottles will be sold, but only abroad.

Merlet distillery investing
15 décembre 2004
Thanks to the success of its Hypnotiq cocktail in the United States (about 8 million bottles drunk this year), the Merlet distillery (40 employees and a turnover of 31 million) at Saint-Sauvent has invested 3 million in a bottling plant at Chérac (4,000 m2) capable of producing 5,500 bottles per hour.

Remy-Cointreau hit by rising dollar
15 décembre 2004
Remy-Cointreau, which sells 80% of its cognac in the United States, has been badly affected by the rise of the dollar. The currency effect reached 15 million at the end of the first half year to the end of September, which reduced profits by 42% to 20.5 million euros for a turnover of 422.4 million, up by 2%. D. Hériard-Dubreuil is maintaining her two-figure profit growth target for the financial year as a whole.

Bottling at Thomas Hine
15 décembre 2004
The introduction of a bottling facility at the Thomas Hine et Cie cognac house in Jarnac will create 10 jobs.

Béatrice Cointreau : 20 years at Frapin
15 décembre 2004
Béatrice Cointreau has been elected woman of the year by the magazine "Cigare and co.". She has been at the head of Frapin cognacs for 20 years.

Rémy-Martin moves its boutique
8 décembre 2004
Visits to Rémy-Martin at Merpins have been halted for the winter. As a result, the cognac house is moving its boutique close to its headquarters at 20 rue Société vinicole in Cognac. It is open Monday to Friday from 10.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. and from 2.30 p.m. to 4.30 p.m. It will be closed from 24 December 2004 to 4 January 2005.

Sales of old cognacs
8 décembre 2004
Sales of old cognacs (XO) have risen by 20.5% in the last twelve months.

Pulling up vines
8 décembre 2004
The SVBC distillers’ union is calling for 10% of all vines in the Cognac area to be pulled up (some 7,500 hectares) in order to stem the crisis and to avoid a collapse in the number of wine growers. The SVBC holds its AGM on 9 December.

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