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New Internet site for Otard
9 janvier 2002
Otard has just opened a new Internet site (otard.com) with a 360° visit through the Château François 1, the headquarters of the company, games and, of course, tasting information. A person has been put in charge of replying to internauts.

Cognac Hardy becomes French once again
3 janvier 2002
Hardy cognac, which was sold to an English investment fund (KCP) 18 month ago after going bankrupt, has been acquired by the H. Mounier SA cognac house (a former Unicoop subsidiary).

Hériard-Dubreuil, 35th largest fortune
12 décembre 2001
The Hériard-Dubreuil family is in 35th place among the 500 wealthiest families in France in a table drawn up by "Nouvel économiste". Their fortune of over 4.5 billion francs is composed of assets in the Rémy Cointreau group.

Cognac des Ribauds
12 décembre 2001
Created by a 52-year old former Hennessy executive, the tiny "Cognac des Ribauds" cognac house has just won scond place for its XO at the 2001 trade fair for regional products. It also offers a fine champagne cognac. The packaging has been deliberately chosen to add a hint of provocation. The first two contracts have been signed in Denmark and in the US.

Otard plays the Web card
12 décembre 2001
The Otard cognac house is taking a novel approach on Internet with the launch of a promotional site based on games and interactivity.
-  Site Otard

Remy-Martin courts the press
5 décembre 2001
Once every quarter, Remy-Martin organizes a cognac discovery seminar for the press, with 6 to 8 carefully selected journalists. The most recent seminar took place last week on the theme of distillation.

VS Pack goes for design
5 décembre 2001
VS Pack, the new packaging trade fair for wines ands spirits created by Atlanpack, takes place in Cognac on 4 and 5 December. 60 companies will be brought together round the central theme of design. Several agencies in the Angoulême area specializing in communication and design such as Ozé Design, Linea and Daedalus Design earn a large part of their turnover in the wine and spirits sector. round table discussions are proposed over the two days.

Whisky far outstrips cognac
28 novembre 2001
Noting that there are only 2 cognacs (VSOP Remy-Martin and XO Jules Gautret) compared to 63 whiskies in Géant Casion’s Christmas catalog, the Charente Libre newspaper asked professionals in the cognac trade for their opinion. Their unanimous answer : 1. This is a true reflection of a market where 10 million cases of whisky are sold each year in France for only 500,000 cases of cognac. 2. promotional efforts are being made but turning round a trend takes time : at least ten years.

Cognac riding the storm in the United States
28 novembre 2001
Cognac continues to appear as a prestigious product in the United States and does not appear to be suffering the effects of the present downturn. Hennessy has announced a 10 % increase in sales in October in the US.

Vendanges de la Saint Martin
21 novembre 2001
Three or four wine growers are experimenting with diversifying into "Saint Martin harvest", late-picked grapes to produce a sweet wine. The You family at Salles d’Angles has made the most of favorable weather conditions to produce satisfactory income from a one hectare experimental vineyard.

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