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Tasting eaux-de-vie
31 mars 2004
Oreco (the cognac economic organization) is organizing a training session on tasting eaux-de-vie from 6 April. It will take place over 10 weeks (3 hours each week on Wednessday or Thursday). Applications are open until 1 April. Oreco, 44 boulevard Oscar Planat in Cognac. Tel : 05.45.33.13.83.

Rémy Cointreau sells 5.7%
31 mars 2004
Last Thursday the Rémy Cointreau wine and spirits group sold 5.7% of its capital, some 2.6 million shares, to institutional investors.

BNIC : communication plan approved
31 mars 2004
The plenary assembly of the BNIC has approved the new communication plan presented by the commission presided by Lionel Breton, the CEO of Martell. The plan is scheduled for three years and covers such things as the Cognac crime film festival, advertising campaigns and translating the Internet site into German, Russian, Spanish, Chinese and Japanese.

Pineau sales fall
31 mars 2004
In 2002-2003 136,000 hectoliters of pineau were produced. Sales totaled roughly 100,000 hectoliters. In 2001-2002, sales reached 112,400 hl. The 2003 harvest stands at 131,876 hectoliters (91,757 for bouilleurs de cru (small distillers) and 40,199 hl for the cooperatives). Sales of pineau in France total 83,431 hl compared to 21,972 hl in exports. The Charente-Maritime produced 98,945 hl of pineau with 30,369 hl in the Charente.

Communication at Hennessy
23 mars 2004
Isabelle de la Fontaine has become deputy director of communication at Hennessy in Cognac. she replaces Antoine Cohen-Potin who moves back to Paris as director of marketing for Moët-Hennessy.

Martell : new cellar master
23 mars 2004
Bruno Lemoine, an agricultural engineer, is the new cellar master at Martell & Co.

Pernod-Ricard : wines and spirits in 2003
23 mars 2004
Pernod-Ricard’s turnover in wines and spirits (including Martell cognac) reached 3.42 billion euros in 2003, some 96.7% of total turnover.

Oeneo : turnover falls by 15% in 2003
23 mars 2004
Oeneo (Radoux cooperage at Jonzac in Charente-Maritime and Seguin Moreau at Merpins in Charente), which specializes in barrels and corks for the wine market, recorded a 15% fall in turnover to 170.6 million euros in 2003, compared to 2002. It had a deficit of 2.8 million euros in 2003 compared to 28 million in 2002.

Courvoisier : works committee takes company to court
23 mars 2004
The works committee of the Courvoisier cognac house has decided to take the company to court because it cancelled the payment of a subsidy of 12,196 euros. The High Court in Angoulême will examine this case on 1 April.

BNIC displeasure at campaign journal
17 mars 2004
The Cognac National Interprofessional Bureau (BNIC), in the person of its director Alain Philippe, has replied sharply to Jean-Romée Charbonneau, the Front National candidate in the regional elections, who announced in his election journal that sales of cognac fell by 3% last year. The BNIC indicated that this is incorrect, given that, on the contrary, sales rose by 2.8% (to 417,427 hectoliters of pure alcohol).

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