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Declaration of intent by pineau producers
30 juin 2004
In order to produce pineau des Charentes, all producers must file a declaration of intent to produce with the INAO before 1 August.

QNV level
30 juin 2004
Brokers and wine-growers are divided over the level of the forthcoming quantity of wine normally produced (QNV). Brokers are calling for a QNV of 8 in order to increase production, whereas growers are talking of 7.3. Additionally, shipments of cognac have risen by 3.5% in the last twelve months.

Award for Unicognac
23 juin 2004
The Unicognac cognac house, based in Jonzac, appears six times in the list of award-winners at the 2004 Concours des Saveurs. It is run by Michel Villemin

Stoppages at Hennessy
23 juin 2004
In Cognac, over 250 employees at Hennessy stopped work yesterday for a time to protest against a threatened cut in their incentive profit-related bonus.

Bacardi buys Grey Goose
23 juin 2004
The Bacardi spirits company is taking over Grey Goose vodka, which is distilled and bottled at Gensac-la Pallue, for about 2 bilion dollars. The jobs of the 15 employees at the Charente facility are not under threat. Last year Grey goose sold 1.4 million cases.

Agreement on pineau and floc
23 juin 2004
Dominique Bussereau, secretary of State for the Budget, has announced that a solution to the conflict over the level of duty on floc and pineau may be found by mid-July. Producers of these aperitifs are calling for fiscal harmonization and are refusing to pay one quarter of their tax bills.

Cognac at 8,680 euros
23 juin 2004
Two bottles of Napoléon Grande Fine de Champagne have been sold at auction in Rome for 8,680 euros.

The "tournée des gabarres" will not take place
23 juin 2004
The Cognac Distillers’ Association has decided not to organize a "tournée des gabarres" this year. It will take part in traditional events such as shows, fairs and market stalls.

SUD Martell considered representative
16 juin 2004
The court in Cognac has ruled that the SUD labor union in the Martell cognac house is representative, thus clearing the way for it to take part in union elections.

1.5% growth for Rémy Cointreau
16 juin 2004
The Rémy Cointreau spirits group has reported sales in the year to end March of 888.3 million euros (-11.19%) Operating profits stand at 173.5 million. In 2003-2004 cognac produced profits of 114.3 million euros (compared to 149.3 million in 2002-2003). America accounts for 35% of Remy Cointreau sales with 14% in Asia.

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