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Redundancies at Hine
16 novembre 1999
Cognac Hine, a subsidiary of LVMH and supplier to the Crown of England, may shed 9 jobs (including 5 redundancies). The number of employees has already fallen from 100 in 1990 to 50 today.

Courvoisier before industrial tribunal
16 novembre 1999
21 employees of Courvoisier (cognac, Jarnac), made redundant in 1996, have taken the company to an industrial tribunal. They accuse Courvoisier of fraud to justify the establishment of a redundancy program. Verdict on 14 December.

Cognac : the 2000 effect
9 novembre 1999
Presentation cases and packaging for 2000 are boosting cognac sales, Despite having produced 50,000, Unicoop has fears that it may run out of stocks of its carafe with a built-in clock. Unicoop has won the 2nd Y2K prize for design behind Gautier. For its part, SICA de Goulbenčze is preparing a special ’Christmas sauvignon" vintage.

Viticulture : agreement for 1999 production
9 novembre 1999
The representative of the Ministry of Agriculture and the delegation fron the Bnic reached an agreement on 4 November : the regulations setting out the openings for the 1999 harvest in the cognac area have been drawn up. The quantity which normally can be converted into wine for cognac remains at 6 hl of pure alcohol per hectare. The ceiling on the amount which cannot be converted has been set at 108 hl by volume with a coefficient of 1.8. Wine growers were calling for a ceiling of 120 hl and a coefficient of 2.

Cognac : a cigar club
2 novembre 1999
A new club is bringing together 40 lovers of cognac and cigars.

Allied Domecq denial
2 novembre 1999
Allied Domecq has denied any contact with Pernod-Ricard (Bisquit). Rumors of a merger have been rife in the press for several weeks.

Cognac : fall in major markets
2 novembre 1999
The volume of cognac clearing bond last year stands at 134.6 million bottles, or 376,751 hectoliters of pure alcohol, a 4.5 % drop and only 110.9 million bottles were sold (-9.5 %), according to the 1998 report on the situation and shipments of cognac which has just been published. The Asian market has fallen by 35 %. In reality the five largest world markets for cognac represent 80 % of shipments and have fallen on average by 5.6 %.

Hardy : Boisset withdraws
2 novembre 1999
The Grands Vins Boisset company, which had been selected by the Commercial Court in Cognac to take over cognac Hardy, has withdrawn. The two other unsuccessful candidates had lodged an appeal on grounds of nullity. This decision adds to the legal imbroglio.

Rémy-Martin
2 novembre 1999
Rémy-Martin has closed its visitors’ circuit (until the spring) in a Halloween decor after a season judged to be excellent.

Cognac : ultimatum
2 novembre 1999
Growing impatient with the slow progress of plans for the restructuring of the cognac industry, the government’s representative for cognac, Jacques Berthommeau has given the inter-professional organization three months to produce serious pledges. If nothing is forthcoming the government will wash its hands of the case.

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