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Diosos doubles its turnover
7 juin 2000
The Diosos cooperage doubled its turnover in the first six months of fiscal 99/2000 : turnover stands at 201 million francs (+108.7 %) whereas net profits stand at 47.4 million francs (+124.6 %). This growth is largely due to the quality wines market.

Cognac : the end of double use in sight
31 mai 2000
Commenting on the process of unification of cognac wine growers’ associations under way, Bernard Guionnet, president of the BNIC, considers that it is now up to the merchants whom he also hopes to see united in a single body. Nevertheless the restructuring of the vineyards remains a topical issue. The idea of double use may be abandoned in 2006. An interprofessional body could be set up for each product (cognac, pineau, local wines) under the aegis of the BNIC. With regard to diversification, Danièle Bellivier, the representative of the Chambers of Agriculture in the Charente and Charente-Maritime, considers that more than 700 hectares will be replanted this year with new grape varieties, showing that change is under way.

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.

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