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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%.

ACV looking ahead
5 novembre 2003
The Association Charentes Viticoles (ACV, 200 members) began the vinification of its latest harvest (11,000 hectoliters) about a month ago in Segonzac and Pons. Last year 600,000 bottles were produced and twice that amount is expected this year. Hawkins Distribution (Bourg Charente) is the company responsible for local marketing. The cooperative is to construct a new building at Mérignac in 2004.

BNIC approves its budget and hopes for parity within 15 years
5 novembre 2003
The BNIC professional body for cognac has approved its 2004 budget. With 77% of financing coming from brokering and 23% from viticulture, the budget is worth 10.359 million euros. Jean-Pierre Lacarrière, the president of the BNIC, has set himself the objective of equal financing by both parties within 15 years.

Business woman
29 octobre 2003
Dominique Hériard Dubreuil, the CEO of Rémy Cointreau, is in 28th place in the annual list of the world’s 50 most powerful business women outside the US, published in the American magazine "Fortune".

Rémy Cointreau
29 octobre 2003
Turnover at Rémy Cointreau fell by 13% in the first six months of fiscal 2003-2004 to 414.7 million euros.

SGV reception
29 octobre 2003
The winegrowers general union (SGV) held its first consultation meeting last week. It was an open house for questions from winegrowers. About 50 took part. Much advice was given concerning the conservation and distillation of cognac wines.

Award for Francis Barat (H. Mounier)
29 octobre 2003
Francis Barat, the chairman of the board of directors of the cognac house H. Mounier, has received the award "Coup de Coeur du jury" (special award) in Poitiers as part of the manager of the year competition organized by "Le Nouvel Economiste".

American laws against bio-terrorism : meeting at BNIC on 6 November
22 octobre 2003
In June 2002 the United States adopted measures against bio-terrorism concerning the protection of foodstuffs. Exporters must now meet new technical and administrative conditions in order to market their products in the US. The BNIC is organizing a briefing for cognac exporters working with the American market. It will take place on Thursday 6 November at 3 p.m. (at the BNIC in Cognac)

Zonta at SVBC AGM
22 octobre 2003
Anthony Zonta, the chargé de mission from the ministry of Agriculture responsible for cognac viticulture, will attend the AGM of the distillers’ union (SVBC) to be held on 27 October at La Salamandre (Cognac, 5 p.m.)

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