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Courvoisier loses
21 juillet 2004
The High Court in Angoulême has found in favor of the representatives of the workers’ committee at Courvoisier (Jarnac) by ordering the company to pay an exceptional grant to finance the mission of a certified public accountant.

Vicard cooperage
21 juillet 2004
The Vicard cooperage in Cognac, which organizes regular visits, produces 60,000 barrels each year with a turnover of 36 million euros.

Charente companies on the Stock Exchang
21 juillet 2004
In the first six months of the year, listed companies in the Charente have performed quite well : Rémy Cointreau has risen by 3.27% and its share price is 26.85 euros. Marie Brizard at Aigre has risen sharply : +17.28% to 84.5 euros as has Pernod Ricard (Martell cognacs ; +19.23% to 105.10 euros). Lastly, Oeneo (cooperage and corks) has risen by 43.75% to 3.45 euros.

Passport for cognac
15 juillet 2004
The Cognac district in launching the "Cognac passport", a document destined only for tourists, which enables them to obtain reductions on visits to the cognac houses.

H Mounier on Internet
15 juillet 2004
The H. Mounier cognac brokerage has opened three Internet sites : www.hmounier.fr, www.reynac.fr and www.polignac.fr .

Director general for Rémy Cointreau
15 juillet 2004
Jean-Marie Laborde has become the director general of the Rémy Cointreau spirits group. The presidency of the board of administration remains with Dominique Hériard-Dubreuil.

Martell prepares its transfer to Lignères
15 juillet 2004
Next year the Martell cognac house (Pernod-Ricard group) is to transfer its bottling to LignËres. The site, which will bring together the activities of Renault and Bisquit, will be operational in June 2005. Two lines should be able to produce 9,000 bottles per hour.

Cognac : the end of the double use system
7 juillet 2004
Speaking to professionals in the cognac business in Paris, the minister of Agriculture has restated his wish to see the end of the double use system for the introduction of the land allocation system. The minister Hervé Gaymard considers that this allocation should be started in 2006. In another move, the level of the forthcoming quantity of wine normally produced (QNV) remains to be set. Brokers are calling for a QNV of 8 hectoliters of pure alcohol per hectare, whereas growers are in favor of a maximum of 7.5 hl.

Hennessy : strike suspended
7 juillet 2004
Labor unions at the Hennessy cognac house have announced a suspension of the strike against the 50% cut in the employees’ profit-related bonus. The movement is due to start again in September. The inauguration of a new production line has been cancelled.

Gautier cognac
7 juillet 2004
The Gautier cognac house in Aigre produces cognac and bottles brandies and aniseed-flavored products (100,000 bottles of aniseed products each month). 95% of the company’s sales are in exports. It has 120 customers and works with 70 countries.

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