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Duke Ellington cognac under threat
14 août 2009

The grandson of the great jazzman Duke Ellington has filed a complaint in a federal court in New York, demanding the withdrawal of “Duke Ellington XO cognac”, which has been on sale since 2006. While accepting that negotiations were started several years ago, he says that they never came to anything.

The Compagnie de Guyenne (Meukow cognacs) was going to produce this cognac for Harbrew Imports, a US importer. But the CEO of the Compagnie de Guyenne confirms that nothing ever came of the negotiations of several years ago and denies being the producer of the incriminated cognac. Duke Ellington’s heir is seeking to recover all the profits generated by the product.

CEO leaves Courvoisier
3 août 2009
After 31 years spent working in the cognac business, Jean-Marc Olivier is stepping down as CEO of Courvoisier cognacs. As an insider he brought his own personal touch to the management of the company, notably through the creation of a stave-splitting unit and the Sica des Baronnies which brings together the 900 suppliers of eau-de-vie working with the company.

Perfectly chilled cognac
3 août 2009
Rémy-Martin has taken the opportunity of the Blues Passion music festival to present its “Rémy Ice Boxx”. It can hold two bottles of VSOP which are lowered to the perfect temperature to be drunk chilled.

Unicognac SA awarded ISO 22000 certification
3 août 2009
Unicognac SA, a cooperative based at St-Germain-de-Lusignan with 45 employees, has just obtained ISO 22000 certification. It sells 5 million bottles each year.

Suntory expanding
23 juillet 2009
Suntory, the Japanese owner of Royer cognac, is considering a merger with Kirin Holdings, another Japanese group, which would create a world giant with sales of almost 29 billion euros.

Exhibition of Hennessy posters
21 juillet 2009
The exhibition of Hennessy posters currently on display in Cognac can also be seen in the Gum luxury department store on Red Square in Moscow.

Pernod Ricard changes forecast
21 juillet 2009
The Pernod Ricard group forecasts that its operating profit will be close to 3% whereas it was counting on a figure between 3% and 5% for its fiscal year which ended on 30 June.

Violon on the sand : rehearsals at Hennessy
21 juillet 2009
The Hennessy cognac house in Cognac is hosting the rehearsals for the music festival “Violon sur le sable” which is taking place this week in Royan.

Cognac shipments at 2004 level
16 juillet 2009
Shipments of cognac fell by 13.7% in the year to June, returning to their level of June 2004, to 371,252 hectoliters of pure alcohol, some 133 million bottles (including 183,158 hl PA / 65.4 million bottles of VS and 143,303 hl PA / 51.2 million bottles of VSOP). The US market fell by 16.5% while the European market fell y 13.1%. Europe is now the main market (128,142 hl PA / 45.8 million bottles), followed by America (127,120 hl PA / 45.4 million bottles) and Asia (104,286 hl PA / 37.2 million bottles).

Cognac : difficult years ahead
10 juillet 2009
The Bnic has voted its 2009-2010 budget which stands at 9.02 million euros. B. Guionnet, the president of the Bnic, foresees at least three difficult years ahead for the sector. Hennessy has decided to reduce its purchases by 10% and to suspend its storehouse construction projects. Rémy-Martin is changing the length of its contracts from three years to one year. From May 2008 to May 2009, sales of cognac fell by about 14%. The question of a new adaptation plan has been raised. In another move, on Wednesday the nation committee against counterfeiting signed an agreement with the Chinese authorities which makes provision for the protection of the name “cognac” in China from August onwards. This will be the first time that a European geographical appellation is protected in China.

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