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Calvet employees demonstrate
18 février 2004
Employees of the Bordeaux wine brokerage Calvet demonstrated yesterday in Cognac, outside the offices of their main shareholder, H. Mounier. A planned redundancy scheme includes the loss of 54 jobs (out of 93) at Calvet. A delegation was received by Francis Barrat, director of H. Mounier.

Martell in China
18 février 2004
At the end of last week, Martell received 230 representatives of Pernod-Ricard China. Sales of Martell have risen in China by 60% in a year. The product targets 4% of the population, some 50 million Chinese. In terms of cognac, Martell lies in second position behind Rémy-Martin.

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.

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