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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).

Awards for pineaux Baron
17 mars 2004
Pineaux Baron (Cherves-Richemont) won three medals in the recent Paris Agricultural Fair. Bronze for its white pineau less than 5 years old, silver for its white pineau over 5 years and less than 10 years old and gold for its rosé pineau less than 5 years old.

LVMH : 2003 results
10 mars 2004
The LVMH group (Hennessy cognac) has reported net profits of 723 million euros in 2003 (+30% compared to 2002) and a 6% fall in turnover to 11.96 billion euros.

Martell : bottling at Rouillac
10 mars 2004
The Pernod-Ricard group has decided to transfer the bottling of Martell & Co cognacs to its Rouillac facility (Lignères). The public inquiry began on 16 February. A building covering 6,547 m2 is scheduled for this extension. Maximum bottling capacity will be 180,000 liters per day.

Hennessy supports artists
10 mars 2004
The Hennessy cognac house has opened an art gallery on the quays where regional artists exhibit their work. Hennessy has also entrusted the decoration of its boutique to the set designer Nicole Masset.

Martell, one year on
10 mars 2004
One year ago, three employees of the Martell cognac house (Cognac) were on hunger strike, protesting against a planned redundancy scheme which was finally implemented on 23 July 2003. When it ends in June 2005, 114 people will have been made redundant.

H. Mounier vodka in the US
10 mars 2004
The new advertising campaign for Grey Goose vodka from H. Mounier has been launched in the US. This vodka is produced at Gensac-la-Pallue (Charente).

Hennessy fined
10 mars 2004
The Hennessy cognac house was fined 8,000 euros on 5 March over an advertisement for VSOP Fine de cognac which was published in the fall of 2002 in "Paris-Match" and considered contrary to the Evin law.

Organic viticulture
3 mars 2004
In 2003, 57 vineyards in the Charente and the Charente-Maritime were engaged in organic agriculture (compared to 55 in 2002). 500 hectares of crops have been reserved for this type of farming. VitiBio recently held its AGM. Marketing of organically-produced cognac only represents 30% of total production. Winegrowers hope to improve the commercial development of their products in 2004, and Cyril Camus, the CEO of Camus-la-Grande-Marque, gave them marketing advice during the AGM.

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