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Cognac communicating
15 septembre 2004
Several cognac houses are running campaigns for the press in Paris to promote their products. Rémy-Martin, for example, has unveiled its presentation cases which will be launched at Christmas, whereas Hennessy is aiming at a female clientele with a bottle which resembles a perfume flacon and a cognac-perfumed candle.

QNV : brokers calling for more
15 septembre 2004
The ministry of Agriculture set the level of wine normally produced (QNV) for cognac at 7.6 hectoliters of pure alcohol per hectare, the brokering houses are calling for QNV at 8 hectoliters.

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.

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