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Changes at the BNIC
16 juillet 2003
On 25 July, the Cognac National Inter-professional Bureau will meet to elect new members. 4 lists have been presented.

Things are moving at Hennessy and Rémy Martin
9 juillet 2003
On 4 July Hennessy inaugurated its new ultramodern luxurious tasting room, inspired by developments in the Bordelais. Rémy Martin is launching "La Collection du Centaure", a vintage cognac.

H. Mounier betting on vodka
9 juillet 2003
The H. Mounier company in Cognac originally specialized in cognac but now earns 50 % of its turnover thanks to Grey Goose vodka which its produces for the American market. The American importer is Sydney Franck Importing, based in New Rochelle.

Charente wine growers’ union worried by increase in QNV
9 juillet 2003
Last week the representatives of the Bureau de l’interprofession du cognac (BNIC) voted to increase the amount which can be turned into wine (QNV) from 6 to 7 hectoliters of pure alcohol per hectare. The Charente wine growers’ union (SVC) considers this increase to be "absurd". For its part, the union of wine growers and distillers (SVBC), through its president Jean-Louis Brillet, is calling for a QNV of 7 hl.

Presidency of the Pineau Committee
2 juillet 2003
Christian Baudry has replaced Bernard Lacroux at the head of the Pineau Committee.

Cognac : Asian market favorable
2 juillet 2003
Cognac exports have risen by 9.8 % in the last twelve months in Asia (-3.5 % in Japan, +11.4 % in Singapore, +11.1 % in South Korea, +600 % in China !). Shipments in the bulk market have risen by 203.5 % in Russia. The 2002 harvest, after distillation, produced 4,202 million hectoliters.

The Pineau committee unveils its summer program
2 juillet 2003
This summer, the Pineau Committee is intensifying its promotional activities. It begins with the appearance of 1,520 advertising posters in the region and its participation in various events : the Jarnac Marathon (11 to 13 July), Francofolies in La Rochelle (11 to 16 July), gabarres du fil de l’eau (barges on the river) (30 July to 9 August), ballooning European Cup (31 July to 17 August), Grand Pavois in La Rochelle (12 to 14 September). Pineau producers will hold open days on 9 and 10 August. The cognac fête, organized by young farmers will take place on the quays of the Charente in Cognac from 11 to 14 July.

Oeneo pessimistic
2 juillet 2003
The world specialist group in corking and cooperage, Oeneo (ex-Sabaté Diosis), is forecasting a 16 % drop in business for the first 6 months of the year (93.6 million euros in the first six months of 2002).

Charente wines and cognacs at Vinexpo
2 juillet 2003
Les vins du domaine de Grollet and the association Charentes viticole (marketed under the name "la maison des maines") presented their wines at Vinexpo, a trade fair held at the end of June in Bordeaux. Rémy Martin, cognac houses such as Royer, L & L, H. Mounier, Meukow, Prunier, Menuet and smaller producers such as Ragnaud-Sabourin, Thorin, Guerbe and Domaine du Breuil were also present. Cognac is progressing steadily in the United States, notably thanks to black consumers. 600,000 cases of Lafragette Alizé, launched in the U.S. twenty years ago, are sold there each year.

LVMH : recovery in sight
25 juin 2003
LVMH (Hennessy cognac) expects an upturn in this sector within six months, nevertheless dependent on the end of the SARS epidemic, the recovery of the dollar and interest rate cuts in Europe.

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