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Black cognac for the US
17 janvier 2001
Alain Royer, the founder of the A. de Fussigny cognac house, has just created a black cognac, aged in charred barrels like those used for bourbon, called Ebony Blend. It is destined above all for the US market.

Two new vineyards for LVMH
9 janvier 2001
The LVMH group (Hennessy) is about to acquire, via its subsidiary Veuve Clicquot, two new overseas vineyards, Newton (60 hectares, California) and Mont Adam (50 hectares, Austraila) for a total of 50 million euros. The group is thus seeking to strengthen its position in the growth market of so-called New World wines.

Environmental label for Courvoisier
9 janvier 2001
Following on ISO 9000 , HACCP and ISO 14001, which it has just obtained, Courvoisier is preparing ISO 18001, relating to hygiene and safety, for in a year’s time.

Record sales for Hennessy
9 janvier 2001
The market leader for cognac has posted record sales by breaking the barrier of three million cases shipped, a total of 30 million bottles. Hennessy is doing particularly well on the booming American market.

New structure for Remy-Cointreau
2 janvier 2001
Remy-Cointreau is being turned into a company with a board of directors and a supervisory board. Dominique Hériard-Dubreuil takes the presidency of the board of directors and François Hériard-Dubreuil takes that of the supervisory board, which includes managers from Bols, the spirits house recently acquired by Remy-Cointreau. Dominique Hériard-Dubreuil is behind the spectacular turnaround of Remy-Cointreau whose net current profit reached 243 million francs in the first half of 2000. With Bols, Remy-Cointreau now has a turnover of 7.5 billion francs.

Cognac collector
2 janvier 2001
The world’s greatest collector of cognac does not live in the Charente but in ... Montreal. Michel Gillet, who comes originally from Angers, runs one of the best restaurants in Montreal and appears in the record books : he owns 630 different sorts of cognac.

Cognac in the discotheques
2 janvier 2001
Brice Tesseron, a young merchant, has launched Exalt, a very stylized cognac which is aimed at the discotheque market.

Pernor-Ricard betting on Martell
27 décembre 2000
Following its takeover of the Seagram brands, in alliance with Diageo, Pernod-Ricard, which already controls Renault-Bisquit, has become the new owner of Martell after dividing up the acquisitions. Pernor-Ricard has already given several reassuring signs to Martell employees concerning their future : a letter confirming its intention to develop Martell and to make it a solid second largest brand in the market behind Hennessy. And the presence already of Martell on the Pernod-Ricard website in which Pernod-Ricard explains that Martell is a prestigious world-famous brand which strengthens its portfolio of brands".

Further two months for Unicoop
27 décembre 2000
The High Court in Angoulême has granted Unicoop an additional period of two months (until 01/02/01) to find a buyer. Two possibilities are under consideration : a continuation plan for Unicoop or its sale. In the event of its sale two candidates are in the wings : the "Capital Privée" pension fund and the Saintes cooperative Océane.

Working groups at the BNIC
27 décembre 2000
Several working groups are at work at the BNIC (Interprofessional national office for cognac) including one which is looking at updating its bylaws and another which is looking at bringing to an end the use of grape varieties with twin uses.

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