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Remy-Cointreau doing well
23 décembre 2003
The Groupe Remy-Cointreau has announced better than expected profits for 1999-2000 : turnover up by 22.4 % (at constant exchange rates) and profits up by 6.2 %. These good results are due not only to champagne (Charles Heidsieck and Piper Heidsieck up by 48 % in value and 33 % in volume) but also to cognac : +28 % in value and +31 % in volume thanks to the launch of new products on the American and Asian markets.

Cognacs and pineaux on the shelves
17 décembre 2003
The Leclerc stores in the Poitou-Charentes region are participating in the promotion of cognac and pineau through a "Pineau and cognac fair" until 24 December. The operation may be extended to other regions of France next year.

The négoce houses in the Grand Atlas
17 décembre 2003
"Les Echos", the economic daily, has published its Grand Atlas of companies in which appear the names of négoce houses installed in the Charente : Rémy-Martin (turnover of 374 million), Martell (157 million), Courvoisier (134 million) and Storeco (part of the Rémy-Cointreau group, 67 million).

New product for Hennessy
17 décembre 2003
Hennessy has unveiled its new product, "Ellipse", a very top of the range cognac at 3,000 euros per carafe.

Restructuring at Seguin-Moreau
17 décembre 2003
The Seguin-Moreau cooperage, part of the Onéo group, has announced a restructuring plan involving 30 jobs at its facilities in Pouilly-sur-Loire and Merpins.

Good figures for ORECO
17 décembre 2003
The ORECO organization, which stocks 10.1 % of all eaux-de-vie in the cognac region has reported net profits of 533,000 euros. It intends to purchase 13,600 m2 of storehouses belonging to Martell & Co.

Cognac sales
10 décembre 2003
Shipments of cognac worldwide can be broken down as follows :40.4 % in North America, 32.3 % in the European Union and 17.5 % in the Far East (9.5 % for the other countries : Africa, South America). Since the start of the campaign, sales have risen in North America (+6.8 %) and in the Far East (+2.4 %) but theyhave fallen by 10.3 % in Europe.

Law against bioterrorism
10 décembre 2003
The law concerning exports of food products to the United States comes into force on 12 December. The Federation of wine and spirits exporters (FEVS) has just opened a website on the subject. Go to the page. Companies which participate in the preparation of products destines for the United States must be registered with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on their website. FDA Site

Members of the Modef at the BNIC
10 décembre 2003
About 30 representatives of the Modef (movement for the defense of family agricultural businesses) were present at the beginning of the week in the offices of the BNIC in Cognac. They wanted to discuss the representation of wine growers in the BNIC and the new taxes of the National Institute for Controlled Origins (INAO).

Fire in a distillery at Vibrac
10 décembre 2003
112 hectoliters of eau-de-vie were destroyed at the beginning of December in a fire at the distillery belonging to the Dubournet brothers.

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