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Cognac : still popular
22 décembre 1999
A survey carried out by Osband for the BNIC shows that 89 % of French people still prefer to drink their cognac neat. Of the 47 % who sometimes choose other ways to drink it, 25 % drink it in cocktails, 24 % with ice and 8 % with fruit juice.

The Domaine de Chillot goes Dutch
22 décembre 1999
The Dutch group Bols Royal Distillerie has taken over, from the Diageo group, the German Asbach which owned notably the Domaine du Chillot (fortified wines, industrial distillery) at St Preuil. The cognac and armagnac storehouses have been sold to the Bordeaux-based Dinevico whereas 14 of the 17 employees on the 4 sites of the domaine ( St-Preuil, Gensac and St Yzan and Laruscade in the Gironde) have been taken on by Bols.

Unicoop : cognac at knock-down prices ?
22 décembre 1999
A rumor is afoot that the banks are drawing up a plan to put Unicoop’s eaux-de-vie on the market at a very low price. The cooperative, which filed for bankruptcy in September, is in a period of observation until 20 March 2000.

Planet Wines and Spirits
22 décembre 1999
The third issue of the magazine Planète XO "Wines and Spirits" (35F) has appeared on newsstands. An article is devoted notably to Jean-Paul Lafragette, the creator of "L&L" (production and trading in spirits).

Courvoisier condemned by the industrial tribunal
22 décembre 1999
The Cognac industrial tribunal has sentenced Courvoisier (Jarnac) to pay compensation for its failure to make payments under its employee profit sharing scheme in 1993 and 1994 to 21 of its former employees as well as damages for dismissal without due reason. In total, the company will have to pay 2 million francs.

Millenium from Courvoisier
15 décembre 1999
Courvoisier is organizing an advertising campaign for its Millenium cognac from 18 to 24 December in bars, hotels and restaurants in Jarnac.

Redundancies in sight at the BNIC
15 décembre 1999
The 25 redundancies out of 90 jobs considered necessary as a result of a auditor’s report may take place very quickly at the BNIC and the viticulture research station. In addition a 23 Courvoisier employee was challenging his redundancy before the Cognac industrial tribunal on 10 December. Lastly, Hennessy has dropped its action for unfair competition against one of its employees who had moved to its competitor Camus. But Camus and the employee are demanding damages for abusive proceedings.

Rémy-Cointreau profits from champagne
15 décembre 1999
Turnover at the Rémy-Cointreau group, which owns Cognacs Rémy-Martin (500 employees at Cognac) has reached 2.5 billion francs in the first half-year of the present fiscal year, a 24.7 % increase. Heidsieck champagnes and wines (25.2 % of their business) have shot up by 55 % and liqueurs (14.2 %) have risen by 20.5 %. And cognac (36.4 % of business) is doing rather well with a 25 % increase to 912 million francs, thanks to the new brands Rémy Red and VS.

Casino-Champniers : cognac fair
8 décembre 1999
Whereas supermarket shelves are usually covered with whisky and cognac is rarely to be seen, Géant Casino at Champniers is organizing a "cognac fair" until 12 December.

A "yellow gold warehouse" for Danzas
8 décembre 1999
Danzas, a Cognac-based customs transit company, is offering its clients a "yellow gold warehouse", a bonded warehouse where only cognac may be stored. Only this measure enables the certificate of age to be granted.

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