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Distell acquires Bisquit
21 février 2009
Distell, a South African company specializing in brandy, is going to purchase the Bisquit brand from the Pernod-Ricard group. According to the Charente Libre, Distell may also acquire the Raynal-Pélisson site from William Grant.

LVMH : increased profits
17 février 2009
The LVMH group has reported net profit of 2.026 billion euros in 2008, compared to 2.025 billion in 2007. Sales rose by 4% to 17.19 billion euros.

Cognac : fewer shipments
16 février 2009
Shipments of cognac have dropped by -8.1% over a year (406.116 hl/pure alcohol, 145 million bottles). The Asian market is falling.

Pernod-Ricard : increased sales
16 février 2009
Pernod-Ricard has published profits from recurring operations of 1.19 billion euros for the first half-year of 2008-2009 (+24%). Sales stood at 4.2 billion (+13%).

Bosses and the conquest of India
16 février 2009
The international center of eaux-de-vie is taking a dozen company bosses to explore the Indian market from 15 to 24 March.

European young tasters’ competition
16 février 2009
Jérémy Pouilloux is a second year student preparing a “viti-oeno” BTS foundation degree at the Iréo in Cherves-Richemont (Charente) which he will represent at the national final of the European young tasters’ competition on 25 February in Paris.

Cognac shipments tumble
11 février 2009
Shipments of cognac dropped by 30% between January 2008 and January 2009.

Cognac seen on TV
9 février 2009
Cognac was omnipresent on television last week : a report on Monday evening on LCI about Tamil separatists in Sri Lanka, whose chief runs on Camus VS. Then on Wednesday evening in “Enquête exclusif” on M6 in a report about Macao and its hostess bars, a bottle of Hennessy VSOP managed to pass through M6’s blurring. On Wednesday evening Canal+ showed “Le rescapé de l’hippocampe”, a short film which was filmed last December in the Monnet storehouses in Cognac.

Maison des Maines : lull before the storm
9 février 2009
The Maison des Maines calls it a day. This initiative by the Hériard-Dubreuil family to make high-class wine in Charente vineyards, which was officially launched in 2002, was still aiming to sell one million bottles in 5 years. But today the family has been looking for a buyer while moving the prestigious Domaine de Grollet, the ancestral family domain, into the Rémy-Cointreau group. The 13 employees and 2 reps should be found new jobs within the Rémy-Cointreau group.

Six MEPs taste cognac
9 février 2009
Last Friday, six European MPs who are members of the “Wine-Quality-Tradition” commission, visited Monnet cognac (Hine at Jarnac) at the invitation of Elisabeth Morin, the former president of the Region and member of the European parliament.

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