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Taxes : Pineau des Charentes and floc de Gascogne united.
26 novembre 2003
On 18 November, during the AGM of the Confederation of AOC liqueur wine producers, representatives of Pineau des Charentes and floc de Gascogne repeated their opposition to the change in their taxation, "four times higher than on natural sweet wines" and a readjustment of the rates on duty on similar products. Certain aperitif producers have slightly modified their products which have become "wine" for tax reasons : duty per bottle has fallen from 2.14 euros to 0.03 euros. For almost two years, producers and merchants of pineau des Charentes and floc de Gascogne have been refusing to pay duty.

Cognac Godet
26 novembre 2003
Following a call by the prefect to leave the center of La Rochelle because of the dangerous products it stores, Cognac Godet would like to move but is having trouble finding suitable premises for storing its alcohols.

8.5% rise in turnover for Pernod-Ricard
26 novembre 2003
The strong showing by Martell cognac in the US and its Australian wine label Jacob’s Creek have enabled Pernod-Ricard to report an 8.5% increase in turnover since the start of the year.

The BNIC runs its advertising
19 novembre 2003
The BNIC professional body for cognac has launched its new advertising campaign : "Le temps d’un cognac". In addition, it has just put in place its new "communication" commission. It is presided by Lionel Breton, the director of Martell.

H. Mounier and Bocuse in Moscow
19 novembre 2003
A promotional operation for the Paul-Bocuse range of cognacs, produced by the H. Mounier house, has just been held in Moscow. Cognac is distributed notably in restaurants and boutiques in the country by the Russian firm Alianta. Overall, shipments of cognac to Russia rose by 37 % in September, according to the BNIC. H. Mounier’s turnover in 2002-2003 reached 92 million euros, a 44 % increase compared to 2001-2002.

Sales figures for 2001
19 novembre 2003
No doubt just a few weeks ahead of the publication of the sales figures for 2002, Terres de Cognac has highlighted the world league table for 2001. Hennessy is in first place with 3.075 million cases sold in 2001. Rémy-Martin comes second with 1.550 million cases ahead of Martell with 1.250 million cases. Courvoisier is fourth with 980,000 cases while Camus is fifth with 225,000 cases. In 2001, 3.16 million cases were sold in the United States compared to 800,000 in the United Kingdom.

The SVBC a year on
19 novembre 2003
The Syndicat des viticulteurs bouilleurs de cru (SVBC) (wine growers and distillers’ union) was created a little over a year ago. It currently has 350 members who represent about 10,000 hectares. Under the presidency of Jean-Louis Brillet, the SVBC wants to make its voice heard within the general union, but also to improve its organization and become a leading player in the future Union for the defense of AOC Cognac.

P. Ricard to stand down in five years
19 novembre 2003
Patrick Ricard, CEO of Pernod-Ricard (Martell cognac) has indicated his intention to stand down, retaining only the presidency of the group’s supervisory board in five years’ time.

BNIC draws up a traceability guide
5 novembre 2003
The BNIC has just produced a practical guide to "traceability for cognac". It is also working on a project for traceability software accessible on-line.

Heat wave make distilling difficult
5 novembre 2003
In the Cognac area, distillation of wine has been made difficult by last summer’s heat wave. Actually, the sugar content of certain wines is too high, the alcohol level is excessive and the acidity level too low, which all call for rigorous control by wine growers. Enological laboratories are swamped by the requests for analysis. However, this phenomenon should have no consequences on the production of cognac this year as eau-de-vie buyers use 55% of the harvest and wines unsuitable for distillation will undoubtedly not exceed 7 to 8%.

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