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Cognac under threat in China
15 septembre 2004
A project to generalize the regulations relating to ìwhiteî alcohols in China would close part of the Chinese market to cognac because it exceeds the authorized level of alcohol. Delegations form China and the EU discussed the question last week at the BNIC. As for the harvest, the alcohol content appears to be somewhere between 8.5 and 9.5%. The quantity will be high, between 150 and 160 hectoliters per hectare.

New vats for Cognac Ferrand
15 septembre 2004
Cognac Ferrand at Ars has invested 800,000 euros in new vats (500,000 liters). The company, which has 22 employees, is considering the creation of a 3,000 m2 building.

Tax on pineau
8 septembre 2004
Pineau producers have decided to end their strike, which began in 2001, against the duty payable on their product. They found unacceptable that is should be four times higher than duty on natural sweet wines. Dominique Bussereau, the Secretary of State for Finances and member of the National Assembly for Charente-Maritime, has promised that their case be heard by the European Court of Justice.

Retirements at Rémy-Martin
8 septembre 2004
Management at the Rémy-Martin cognac house are negotiating the introduction of a progressive retirement program (PRP) for 67 or 69 employees. Employees aged over 55 would be able to work part-time until their retirement. Rémy-Martin would then have to hire staff (one open-ended contract for two departures).

Courvoisier : visits
8 septembre 2004
In Jarnac, visits at the Courvoisier cognac house continue into September, every day except Saturdays, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Cognac : sales rising
8 septembre 2004
In the 2003-2004 campaign (from 1 August 2003 to 31 July 2004) 504,000 hectoliters of pure alcohol (hl/AP) left the cognac warehouses. Sales have risen by 5% to 434,000 hl/AP (155 million bottles). Sales have risen by 15% (22 to 25 million bottles) in Asia and by 0.5% in the United States. But sales have declined in France and Germany.

Cognac : QNV at 7.6 hl/AP
8 septembre 2004
On 2 September Hervé Gaymard, the minister of Agriculture, set the quantity of wine normally produced (QNV) at 7.6 hectoliters of pure alcohol per hectare (hl/AP).

Cognac "Elegance" from Paul Giraud
8 septembre 2004
The producer Paul Giraud (Bouteville, Charente) has launched the cognac "Elegance", recommended for the aperitif.

Rémy-Martin : new director general
8 septembre 2004
Jean-Baptiste Maugars is to become the director general of the Rémy-Martin cognac house. He replaces Jean-Pierre Lacarrière who takes charge of relations between Rémy-Martin and the BNIC (cognac national trade office) of which he is president.

Pineau riding high on new advertising
31 août 2004
Sales of pineau reached 14,950 million bottles in 2004 compared to 10,500 million in 1996, a rise of 42.5% over eight years. Advertising, with a budget of one million euros, is contributing to these good results. 3,750 million bottles are exported. The leading importer is Belgium, where the Comité du Pineau is organizing a promotional event on 19 September in Brussels. In addition, the Comité du Pineau and the ministry of Finance are continuing their discussions concerning taxes on liqueur wines. The producers are still protesting against the tax which they have not paid since 2001. They are calling for aids and for their case to be heard by the European authorities.

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