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Pernod-Ricard : quarterly sales
12 mai 2004
Pernod-Ricard (Martell cognacs) has announced sales in the first quarter 2004 of 703.8 million euros in its wine and spirits sector

Principle of land allocation for cognac
12 mai 2004
The general union of winegrowers in the Cognac AOC, during their AGM at the start of May, discussed at length the reorganization of the vineyard area and the introduction of a system of land allocation. This principle, which determines what land can be used for in a three-year period, would replace the double use system (production of wine and cognac on the same land). It is due to take effect for 2005-2006 but the legislative framework has yet to be approved.

Cognac and raspberry
12 mai 2004
The H. Mounier cognac house is launching "EX", a blend of cognac and raspberry, aimed the feminine market.

French exports of wine and spirits in 2003
12 mai 2004
In 2003, 52% of French exports of wine and spirits went to the European Union with 25% to North America and 12% to Asia (others : 11%).

Viticulture update
4 mai 2004
The viticultural technical commission has presented a the BNIC a retrospective of the 2003 harvest, bringing the Cognac area into compliance with European norms on hygiene and tracability as well as giving a progress update on research into the Esca fungus.

Musée des art du cognac
4 mai 2004
The museum of the art of cognac, which covers 1,600 m², will open in Cognac on 26 June 2004 at place de la Salle-Verts. Just opposite, the Visitors’ Centre will open the same day (400 m², 1.9 million euros of investments) where tourists will be able to discover the Cognac area.

Cognac distillers in favor of progressive evolution
4 mai 2004
The winegrowers’ and distillers’ union (SVBC) in the Cognac vineyard area are protesting against the system of land allocation and the scheduled end of the double utilization system.

Cooperage changes hands
4 mai 2004
At Jarnac, the Chalufour cooperage has been taken over by B. de Montaigu, M. de Pannemaecker and C. Charfalot. All three were employed by the cooperage and they intend to refocus on the cognac market and develop activities on the international market in order to save the company.

Pineau des Charentes 2003 harvest
28 avril 2004
The 2003 harvest of Pineau des Charentes has been fixed at 129,314 hectoliters. 627 pineau producers (co-operatives and distillers) produced 131,956 hectoliters of pure alcohol. During the AGM of the pineau producers’ union there were once again calls for the authorities to apply to pineau the same taxation as on "vin doux naturel" fortified wines.

Cognac production - the figures
28 avril 2004
The details of the last cognac season were released during the Segonzac agricultural fair : 452,000 hectoliters of pure alcohol, in line with outgoings (423,000, a 1.5% rise) which should maintain the stock turnover rate at 6.4 years. VS cognacs accounted for 53% of outgoings, purchase prices are stable outside the négoce, but appear to be falling on the second market following a sharp rise at the start of the year.

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