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Cognac distillers
16 juin 2004
The "Bouilleurs de cru du cognac" association, under its president Didier Lembert, has 200 members and its aim is to promote cognac by organizing promotional events in shopping malls and trade fairs such as London or in Belgium.

Stoppages at Hennessy
9 juin 2004
On 3 June about 250 employees at Hennessy stopped work for a time to protest against the announcement of a 50% cut in the incentive profit-related bonus.

Hennessy at Roland-Garros
9 juin 2004
The Hennessy cognac house has organized the promotion of its products in the VIP area at the Roland-Garros international tennis tournament.

Fortunes : brokers at the to
9 juin 2004
According to a survey by the magazine Capital, in Poitou-Charentes the first place in the league table of largest French fortunes goes to Dominique Hériard-Dubreuil (CEO of Rémy-Cointreau) with capital worth an estimated 791 million euros. Pierre Cointreau (158 million euros) in second and the Vicard family (25 million euros) is eighth at a regional level. Patrick Ricard (CEO of pernod-Ricard, owners of Martell cognac) is mentioned in Provence-Alpes-Côte-d’Azur with 840 million. The Moët, Hennessy and Mercier families, in Ile-de-France, have a combined wealth of 875 million euros.

Cognac festival this summer
9 juin 2004
The JAAC (young farmers) are organizing the operation (La fête du cognac) from 30 July to 2 august in Cognac (quays of the Charente).

Representativeness of SUD at Martell
9 juin 2004
The court in Cognac is to give its verdict on 10 June in the conflict between management at Martell and the SUD labor union whose representativeness in the cognac house is contested.

Vintage cognac for Rémy Martin
2 juin 2004
Rémy Martin in launching the sale of 5,000 bottles of a 1965 vintage cognac. At a cost of 2,000 euros per bottle. In addition, the cognac house at Merpins has developed its visit itineraries which enabled it to receive 54,000 tourists last year

"Berger blanc" made in Aigre
2 juin 2004
Several months ago, production of the aniseed drink ìBerger blancî was transferred to the facility of the Gautier cognac house (Marie Brizard) in Aigre . 1.5 million liters of this drink are produced each year. Production runs from May to September which fits in well with cognac which is produced from September to December.

SUD labor union at Martell
2 juin 2004
The hearing to determine the representativeness of the SUD labor union at Martell by the court in Cognac has been adjourned until 7 June with a decision on 10 June. In the meantime, labor elections have been postponed.

Martell : growth in sight for 2004
2 juin 2004
Patrick Ricard, the CEO of Pernod-Ricard, has claimed during his press visit to the Martell cognac house in Cognac that the redundancy program (108 jobs axed) enabled the company to deal with overmanning. He considers that he has ìparticipated in the reindustrializing of the Cognac area by offering loans at advantageous rates to local small companiesî. Lionel, Breton, CEO of Martell, displaying his determination to develop in the US and Asia, has forecast growth of 6 to 10% in volume at Martell this year. In 2003, Martell sales rose by 8% to 9.9 million liters.

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