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Cognac : 2003 results
11 février 2004
In 2003, shipments from cognac storehouses rose by 2.8 % (417,000 hl of pure alcohol). 95 % of cognac production was exported (120.7 million bottles). Exports rose by 5.4 % (including +10.4% to the US). But sales in Germany fell by 11.3 %.

Alizé, saveur d’or 2003
11 février 2004
The Alizé cognac, produced by L&L, has received the award "Saveur d’or 2003" (taste of the year) in the "Saveurs Poitou-Charentes" competition.

Pernod-Ricard : sales rise by + 8.1 %
11 février 2004
Sales of wines and spirits by Pernod-Ricard (Martell cognac) rose by 8.1 % in 2003 to 3.4 billion euros.

SUD-Martell found not representative
11 février 2004
The court in Cognac has ruled that the SUD labor union in Martell is not insufficiently representative.

Restructuring of vineyards in the Charente
4 février 2004
The Chambers of Agriculture in the Charente and Charente-Maritime have decided to suspend the Association for vineyard restructuring in the Charente. Danielle Bellivier, the paid official, is threatened with redundancy. In 1999, the association set itself the target of reducing cognac production by 12,000 hectares. At the end of 2005, 8,000 hectares at the most will have been removed : 2,500 converted to wine, 5,500 uprooted.

Rémy-Cointreau : fall in turnover
4 février 2004
Rémy-Cointreau, which specializes in spirits, has recorded a 12 % drop in turnover from April to December 2003 to 702.9 million euros, compared to 799.1 million in the same period the year before (cognac : 252.3 compared to 286.4 million).

Regrouping in the Charente vins de pays
4 février 2004
During a combined AGM, the Charente vins de pays Union, the Association for vineyard restructuring and the wines promotion Committee have decided to join forces to market a product of quality. In six years, 1,700 hectares of cognac vines have been converted for the production of vins de pays which now cover 2,700 hectares.

Cognac cocktail
4 février 2004
Christophe Gagnerault, a barman from Normandy, has won the cognac cocktails competition organized by the BNIC with a mixture of passion fruit liqueur, apple juice, cinnamon syrup and tonic.

BNIC recruiting
4 février 2004
The BNIC cognac national inter-professional office, after recently appointing Aziz Allam as its director for legal, economic and fiscal affairs, has also recruited Didier Vassor to head the "age control" service and Céline Rayer as a business counsel.

Regroupement dans les vins de pays charentais
2 février 2004
Au cours d’une AG commune, le Syndicat des vins de pays charentais, l’Association de restructuration du vignoble et le Comité de promotion des vins ont décidé de s’associer afin de mettre sur le marché un produit de qualité. En six ans, 1.700 hectares de cognac ont été convertis pour la production de vins de pays, qui atteint désormais 2.700 hectares.

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