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Winegrowers and distillers’ union hold general meeting
13 mars 2009
The winegrowers and distillers’ union (SVBC) held its general meeting yesterday. According to its president François-Jérôme Prioton, the SVBC is now clearly recognized thanks to the elections for the ADG (cognac defense association). The SVBC has 550 members.

Hennessy : bonus, good 2008 results and cuvée prestige
12 mars 2009
The 690 employees of the Hennessy cognac house are to receive a bonus and profit sharing up by more than 10% in 2008. Precise details of the good results in 2008 will be known at the end of the month. In addition, Hennessy is once again marketing its Hennessy Privé at a cost of 250 euros, but it will only be available in France in the duty free boutique at Roissy airport.

Cognac satisfied with new law
11 mars 2009
B. Guionnet, the head of the Bnic, has stated his satisfaction with the Bachelot law on public health regarding the sale and advertising of wines and spirits which was passed by Parliament on 9 March. The ban on tastings at fairs, cellar outlets and other places has been withdrawn. He is also pleased about the opening up of advertising on Internet.

Alcohol advertising on Internet
9 mars 2009
The amendment put forward by the deputy Jacques Domergue relating to advertising for alcohol on Internet appears to have the advantage. According to the association Vin et Société, it has the backing of the government. The amendment authorizes alcohol advertising on websites except for sites aimed at young people. It is due to be debated in the National Assembly today.

Viticultural council for Charentes cognac area
5 mars 2009
The first meeting of the Viticultural council for the Charentes cognac area was held on 4 March at the Bnic in the presence of Bernard Tomasini, the regional Prefect. 20 professionals from various branches (cognac, pineau, wines, etc.) and 12 representatives of the administration, department of agriculture, customs ... were also present. The objective of this council is to be an organization which will talk directly with the authorities.

Sale of Bisquit becomes official
3 mars 2009
Pernod-Ricard has made official the sale of Bisquit cognac to the South African group Distell for 31 million euros. The sale includes a distribution agreement in France, Switzerland, Luxembourg and Belgium.

Viticultural council for cognac
3 mars 2009
The viticultural council for the Charentes-Cognac area, a body for consultation between trade professionals and the authorities, will be set up on Wednesday at the BNIC in Cognac.

Stormy times for Rémy-Cointreau
24 février 2009
The start of the year has been difficult for Rémy-Cointreau : its share price has dropped by more than 30% since 1st January. Sales of champagne have fallen by -6,5% over 9 months to 113.8 million euros and sales in the liqueurs and spirits division have dropped by -3,5% to 158.6 million. At the end of March, its debt level will be approaching 600 millions euros. Rémy-Cointreau must also pay 224 million euros in compensation to the Maxxiun distribution network.

Pineau cocktails
24 février 2009
A competition for cocktails made using pineau des Charentes took place recently at the Amandier hotellery school in Saint-Yrieix (Charente), bringing together the students from the school.

2009 Concours général : awards for cognac and pineau
24 février 2009

12 cognacs and 22 pineaux have won awards in the 2009 Concours general at the Paris Agriculture Trade Fair. Here are the gold medals :

Gold medals for cognac
-   Paul Giraud at Bouteville (VSOP cognac),
-   Extra 1755 from Gautier at Aigre (XO cognac),
-   Jacques Estève at Celles (XO cognac),
-   Très Vieille Grande Champagne from Sarl Henri Geffard at Verrières (cognac XO).

Gold medals for pineau
-   Capbern-Gasqueton at Gimeux (white pineau),
-   Plantis des Vallées at Macqueville (white pineau),
-   Les Groies at Saint-Bonnet-sur-Gironde (white pineau),
-   Dominique Chainier & Fils at Arthenac (old white pineau),
-   Quétier à Messac (very old white pineau),
-   cave coopérative du Liboreau at Siecq (rosé pineau),
-   Barbeau & Fils à Sonnac (rosé pineau),
-   Coopérative Syntéane at Saintes (rosé pineau).



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