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Martell, a priority for Pernod-Ricard
4 juillet 2001
The Pernod-Ricard group, which acquired Martell last year, has confirmed the appointment of Lionel Breton as the CEO of its new cognac division. Group managers have stated that " With the Bisquit and Renault cognac brands, Martell will have the support of the Pernod-Ricard network".

Cognac successful at Vinexpo
27 juin 2001
About fifty Charente cognac houses were present a the Vinexpo trade fair which took place last week in Bordeaux. This highly professional gathering was stimulating for the cognac houses which were able to note that more and more wealthy cognac lovers are turning to the top of the range niche. The number of orders from Asia and the eastern European countries has also increased.

Good cognac harvest in sight
27 juin 2001
The viticulture research station in Cognac, after evaluating the grape bunches, is expecting a yield between 100 and 120 hectoliters per hectare. The vines are in a healthy state for the moment. The station is currently working on good practice in hygiene (European standards) and traceability.

Rémy-Cointreau : improved profitability
20 juin 2001
The annual results of Rémy-Cointreau show a sharp rise in the group’s profitability with an operating margin of 19.9 % of turnover which stood at 926 million euros (+26 %). Sales of cognac rose by 22 % and now represent 41% of turnover of the group which has announced its intention to reinforce its portfolio of brands.

Inauguration of the Courvoisier museum
20 juin 2001
Last week Philippe Treutenaere, the CEO of Courvoisier, officially presented the guided visit round the company in Jarnac. Like the other three major cognac houses (Hennessy, Remy Martin and Martell), Courvoisier still remains committed to industrial tourism. The Courvoisier museum is open every day until September.

Cognac, king of the Net
13 juin 2001
Since 1996, the number of Internet sites set up by members of the cognac trade has increased greatly. Sites for information, sales and promotion but also auctions. Alongside lovers of great cognacs, special finds of cognac collectors from all over the world are changing hands for thousands of francs on the Web.

The BNIC lines up with Hanoi
13 juin 2001
The BNIC (Cognac Inter-professional National Bureau) has just signed an agreement with the government in Hanoi with a view to helping in the creation of labels of origin for certain local products such as tea. In return, the BNIC is hoping for improved protection for products exported to Vietnam such as cognac.

Cognac-Havana alliances
13 juin 2001
The ecomuseum at Migron, the Cognac-Cigare-Club and the BNIC have joined forces in "cognac-Havane alliances" whose aim is to highlight the link between the two productions. This operation, which has already attracted 25 cognac companies, includes a permanent exhibition, the production of information sheets, a guide, a seminar and soon, a "cigar trail in cognac country".

Cognac museum
6 juin 2001
19 million francs have been invested in the center devoted to the technology used in the cognac industry which is being built on the quays at Cognac. This building, which covers 1300 m2 on three floors, will give an overview of the civilization of cognac in several display rooms, with particular emphasis on packing and packaging. Part of the site will be open only to members of the profession.

Martell buying less
30 mai 2001
Martell is to reduce its purchases by 47 % over the next three years, according to orders which are currently being placed with its 200 wine growers under contract. In another development, fresh rumors have arisen about the possible sale of the company by Pernod-Ricard, the new owner following the sale of the Seagram group to Vivendi which then sold back the spirits branch.

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