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Award for the Maine Drilhon
7 novembre 2008
The SNC du Maine Drilhon, which produces cognac at Claix, received an award yesterday at the regional food and drink awards.

Justice : nonsuit for BNP-Paribas against Unicoop
7 novembre 2008
A court has rejected a claim by BNP-Paribas for damages against Unicoop in Cognac concerning a case of the disappearance of 2,000 hl of pure alcohol in 1996 which were collateral for a loan to the cooperative.

New European regulations dissected by vineyard and wine legal eagles
7 novembre 2008
The conference of the International Wine Law Association (400 members worldwide) is taking place this weekend, on Saturday and Sunday, in Cognac and is expected to bring together 65 specialists. Legal counselors are present in the cognac houses to ensure that products meet legal requirements, and while they may sometimes curb creativity, they are asking to be involved from the start of the creation process of a product. “That is preferable to having to block a project once it is under way” explains Jean-Marc Girardeau, the general director of Camus and a member of the administration board of the association. Currently, the main dossier for legal counselors is the new European regulations for wines and spirits published at the start of the year. Numerous conferences will take place this weekend, in the presence, notably, of members of the European Commission.

Pernod-Ricard ambitions
5 novembre 2008
P. Pringuet, the new CEO of Pernod-Ricard, wants to make the wine and spirits group the “leader of the leaders”, in other words the world leader in the sector. For the moment, he is not considering any measures to resist the crisis which is having no effect on him.

Gloomy harvest
4 novembre 2008
For Jean-Michel Rouger, a winegrower at Chermignac (Charente-Maritime), the harvest is over and the yield is low. But 2008 will be a good year for pineau.

Hennessy expanding Bagnolet site
4 novembre 2008
The Hennessy cognac house has invested 28 million euros this year in its facility at Bagnolet (Charente) to install 4 new chais or storehouses and automated production lines. It now has 45 chais and employs about fifty people on the site. Other investments are scheduled in 2009 and by 2011. Several weeks ago Hennessy also signed an agreement on professional equality between men and women with the CGT, FO and CFDT labor unions.

Raynal : call to politicians
4 novembre 2008
The 42 employees at Raynal (Cognac), who are due to become unemployed at the end of 2008, have appealed to politicians and written to N. Sarkosy and F. Fillon. William Grant has made proposals for reclassification in Scotland or in the Gironde. The Region, for its part, has responded by saying that it has checked that the company did not receive any regional subsidies (which is indeed the case) and has called on the government to “take the necessary steps to ban purely financial redundancies”.

Martell : quality pays
3 novembre 2008
Martell cognac has announced quarterly results down by 14% in volume but up by 5% in value, thanks to price increases in 2007 and 2008. Pernod Ricard is very pleased with the premiumisation policy started by L. Breton. P. Pringuet will officially become CEO of Pernod-Ricard (which includes Martell and Bisquit) on 5 November. P. Ricard will remain as chairman.

New year at the Université des eaux-de-vie
3 novembre 2008
The 21st academic year begins at the Université des eaux-de-vie in Ségonzac (Charente) on 4 November at 10 a.m., with a lecture on spirits and luxury goods.

Ban des Bonnes Chauffes in Saintes
3 novembre 2008
This year the Ban des Bonnes Chauffes, organized by the distillers’ association, took place in Saintes and attracted 5,000 spectators. The aim of this event is to make cognac and its producers better known.

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