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Cognac : lower sales in 2008
15 janvier 2009
After 6 years of growth, sales of cognac fell by 6.2% in 2008. Turnover rose by 0.3% (1.61 billion euros). The cognac market in the United States fell by 34% in December but improved in Singapore and China.

Martell supporting the local economy
15 janvier 2009
The Martell company (389 employees) is continuing its investments : 4 storehouses are under construction at Lignères. This work has benefits for the local economy. The zero interest rate loans put in place by Martell have enabled about one hundred jobs to be created locally.

P. Coste appointed
15 janvier 2009
P. Coste, the head of the Meukow cognac house, has been elected as president of the commission for the protection of the cognac appellation at the Bnic.

Pernod-Ricard : activity up 5% in first half of 2008-2009
14 janvier 2009
Pernod-Ricard had a 5% increase in business in the first six months of fiscal 2008-2009 (closed on 30 June). Sales were strong at the end of the year, notably in the emerging markets. Spain and the US are sluggish.

Unicoop takes over Lamothe Bergeron
13 janvier 2009
Unicoop is going to acquire Château Lamothe Bergeron, a 62 hectare property, from the Crédit Agricole-Grands Crus.

Financial aid for winegrowing : refusal to repay
13 janvier 2009
The 631 winegrowers who received financial aid to produce wine in 1989-1999 and 1999-2000, which they have now been ordered to repay, are taking their case to court.

Pineau competition for catering students
13 janvier 2009
The national pineau committee is organizing the 5th edition of its competition for catering and hotel management colleges on Wednesday 14 January at the Lycée Hôtelier in La Rochelle.

Armagnac progressing
10 janvier 2009
In the latest distillation period, Armagnac distilled 12,000 hectoliters of wine, compared to 8,400 hectoliters last year. Sales of armagnac rose by 18% in France and by 11% internationally in November 2008.

50 Cent gets a taste of Leyrat cognac
10 janvier 2009
The American rapper 50 Cent is promoting Leyrat cognacs, a brand which belongs to Francis Abecassis, in the United States.

Hennessy : new international director
8 janvier 2009
Hennessy has just modified its organization chart : A. de Bausset has been appointed as international director.

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