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Glavany in the Cognac area
31 mai 2000
Jean Glavany, the minister of Agriculture, will be in the region on 23 and 24 June. He will stop off in Cognac in particular to encourage the reforms undertaken by wine-growing community.

A union to bring wine growers together
24 mai 2000
Revolution in the cognac business : a "General Union of wine growers to defend the cognac guaranteed label of origin" will bring together the various associations in the area from mid-June. This union will enable production criteria in the vineyards for the second half of the century to be defined, and enable wine growers to speak with one voice to the authorities, brokers and professional bodies.

Luxury packaging in Cognac
24 mai 2000
The 2000 Encounters for Luxury Packaging will be held in Cognac on 7 and 8 June.

Cognac : stability but only in volume
17 mai 2000
Cognac sales in 1999 remained stable in terms of volume compared to 1998 (376,429 hl and 134.4 million bottles) but fell in terms of worth (2.87 % to 7.5 billion francs according to figures from the BNIC).

Land prices fall in the cognac area
17 mai 2000
The price of a hectare of vines has continued to fall (96,000 francs per hectare, -8.5 %) whereas the national trend is upwards (+6.7 % for AOC guaranteed label of origin vines). The FNSAFER (National Federation of Rural Development Agencies) has estimated the surplus of vines to be restructured at 20,000 hectares.

Sodiliège looking for new markets
17 mai 2000
Sodiliège (14 employees at Merpins, turnover 26 million francs) produces 35 million corks each year for the spirits market (cognac and Bordeaux wines). Four companies make up this SME which controls the entire production line from harvesting the cork in Portugal through to meeting individual customer requirements and marketing. Sodiliège intends to obtain new contracts in the French wine market.

Cognac : José Bové backs AOC
3 mai 2000
During a visit to Cognac last Tuesday, the agricultural trade unionist José Bové used the example of roquefort cheese when he advocated the creation of an AOC (guaranteed label of origin) as a way to settle the problem of cognac overproduction.

Pernod-Ricard strengthens its position in Ukraine and Byelorussia
3 mai 2000
The Pernod-Ricard group, which controls Bisquit cognac, has just taken control, via its subsidiary Yerevan Brandy Company, of two distribution companies of wines and spirits in Kiev in the Ukraine and Minsk in Byelorussia.

High-class packaging for pineau
3 mai 2000
The "top of the range" presentation case for pineau was unveiled last Thursday in partnership by the Committee for Pineau and Atlanpack. The case is offered to all producers and 10,000 units have been produced.

Record quarter for LVMH
26 avril 2000
Turnover of the LVMH group (16 billion francs) rose by 39 % in the first quarter alone of 2000 compared to 1999, thanks notably to a sharp increase in its selective marketing branch (+58 %). Sales of cognac and spirits rose by 16 %, whereas sales of champagne and wine fell (-6 %) The Groupe Remy-Cointreau has announced better than expected profits for 1999-2000 : turnover up by 22.4% and profits up by 6.2 %. These good results are due not only to champagne (Charles Heidsieck and Piper Heidsieck up by 48 % in value and 33 % in volume) but also to cognac : +28 % in value and +31 % in volume thanks to the launch of new products on the American and Asian markets.

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