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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.

Cognac : shipments up by 5%
1er décembre 2004
Shipments of cognac have risen by 5% in the last twelve months (3.710 million hectoliters in 2004) : 38.4% to North America, 40% to Europe and 19.2% to the Far East.

Hennessy : unions on deck
1er décembre 2004
On the occasion of the visit by their CEO Patrick Sauvageot, labor unions at Hennessy reminded him of their claims, such as permanent posts for temporary workers (18 are due to sign open-ended contracts) and profit-sharing bonuses. In addition, the cognac house has been fined 31,542.12 euros by a labor tribunal for dismissals without any genuine or serious reason and 12,000 for moral harassment.

Cognac and advertising
1er décembre 2004
The cognac houses are promoting their product on three fronts : locally, nationally and internationally. Given that consumption habits and legislation concerning alcohol advertising are not the same everywhere, promotion campaigns are being adapted accordingly.

Cognac : no more alcohol in the town center
1er décembre 2004
In a response to moves by the DRIRE environment and research agency, the cognac houses are moving their stocks of alcohol out of the town center.

Cognathèque selling on the web
1er décembre 2004
The sales section of the cognathèque web site (www.cognatheque.com) has been increased (400 cognacs on offer).

Exceeding quotas : wine growers convicted
23 novembre 2004
25 wine growers from the Cognac region have received suspended fines of 250 euros and immediate fines of up to 2,000 for distilling infringements. They are accused of exceeding cognac production quotas.

Martell donates archives
23 novembre 2004
Martell has given 33 tons of archives from the former houses of Augier, Jules Robin and Briand to the town of Cognac.

Gold medal for Meukow
23 novembre 2004
The Meukow cognac house has been awarded a gold medal for its VSOP supérieur at the London International Wine and Spirits competition.

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