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Low morale in the vineyards
21 novembre 2001
The Charente Libre has organized a debate on the future of viticulture, with M. Guionnet, the president of the Bnic, M. Boujut, the president of the vinegrowers union, M. Lacarrière, deputy director general of Remy-Martin, the vice president of the Bnic, Jacques Berthomeau, the government representative in the region. Their unanimous conclusion : the area is unable to deal with overproduction and there is no clear way to improve the situation.

Eau-de-vie tasting
21 novembre 2001
On the initiative of the Chamber of Agriculture, training sessions for tasting eaux-de-vie are being offered to distillers. Tel. 05 46 48 10 79.

Fall in price of eaux-de-vie
21 novembre 2001
Hennessy has decided to reduce the price paid to producers by 6 to 8 %. Even if other cognac houses state that they are maintaining prices, this decision may have an effect on prices paid throughout the area.

Pineau appeal dismissed
14 novembre 2001
Pineau producers fighting against the surtax on pineau compared to natural sweet wines have been ruled out of court by the Appeal Court in Poitiers. Taxes on pineau are four times higher than those on natural wines.

Camus and Martell confident, LVMH cautious
14 novembre 2001
Cyril Camus, marketing director at Camus, and Robert Pouchareyt, CEO of Martell, have expressed their optimism, in an interview for the Charente Libre and Sud-Ouest, in the light of reduced " duty free " sales (40 % of the cognac market) since 11 September. Camus is continuing its investments on the production line (8 million francs this year). On the other hand, LVMH has reduced its profit forecast for the third time since 11 September and is counting on a fall in profits of 10 to 15 % this year. The DFS subsidiary, which specializes in duty-free, is in particular difficulty.

Saint Gobain Desjonquière launch new carafe
14 novembre 2001
Following the launch of Galante and Belline before the summer, the designers at Saint-Gobain-Desjonquière are about to launch a third luxury carafe called Rivage which will be previewed at the VSPack trade fair on 4 and 5 December. The aim of these containers is to develop luxury carafes which are sufficiently standard so that at least 25,000 can be sold to cognac producers who are not able to develop individual bottles. Finishing techniques enable this product to be highly personalized.

Rémy Martin launches the Rémylounge
14 novembre 2001
Rémy Martin has inaugurated the Rémylounge, a haven dedicated to cognac in the La Scène restaurant in Paris.

Cognac shows its colors
7 novembre 2001
The BNIC is organizing an advertising campaign in major French magazines and the Paris subway with a budget of 11 million francs spread over the last quarter. The Japanese magazine Vacation has just devoted its front cover to cognac.

Le-cognac.com takes over sw-france
7 novembre 2001
Le-cognac.com, the Internet site run by Amélie and Chantal Firino-Martell is taking over the site sw-france formerly run by Mr. Mac Andrew who died this summer.

Pernor-Ricard : American veto
31 octobre 2001
The American Federal Competition Commission is opposed to the takeover of Seagram’s wine and spirits branch by Pernod-Ricard and Diageo because it would reduce competition in the US rum market. Indeed Diageo is the third largest rum company in the US. As a result, the integration of Martell into the Pernod-Ricard group has been delayed. The new CEO of Martell, Lionel Breton, who was designated last July, will have to await the outcome of further negotiations before taking up his post.

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