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Is cognac pro-Obama ?
27 octobre 2008
In the current economic stagnation, the cognac business appears rather in favor of the election of Barack Obama, who represents the Afro-American community who are consumers of cognac.

Cognac : 2008 season at 92hl/h
27 octobre 2008
With the harvest over, the estimated average yield this year is estimated to be 92 hl/h with a pure alcohol content between 8.8 and 9.2°. There are wide variations between vineyards, ranging from 45 hl/h to 120 hl/h.

Raynal : closure on 31/12
22 octobre 2008
The 42 employees at Raynal (brandy, cognac) held a demonstration on 21 October. The management of William Grant have indicated that their factory is to close on 31 December. William Grant made a profit of 5.5 million euros last year. The Scottish group has already put its property holdings in Cognac up for sale (17,000m²).

New president at Bnic
22 octobre 2008
The Bnic cognac professional trade organization is to vote on 27 October to elect its new president to succeed J.-P.Lacarrière.

Pineau AGM
22 octobre 2008
The annual general meeting of the committee for Pineau des Charentes takes place on 23 October with Francis Barrat as chairman.

ABK6 from palate to palette
21 octobre 2008
The ABK6 cognac house (700,000 bottles annually) is organizing an exhibition of paintings to mark the launch of a 10 year old XO (private viewing on Friday at Claix).

Cognac shipments down
21 octobre 2008
From October 2007 to September 2008, shipments of cognac came to the equivalent of 428,000 hectoliters of pure alcohol (153 million bottles), a drop of 3.9%.

SVG and SVBC join forces
20 octobre 2008
Never give up hope : the SVG and the SVBC, the two winegrowers’ union in the cognac sector ; have joined forces in the Fédération des viticulteurs producteurs de cognac (cognac wine producers federation), following negotiations to divide up the seats on the committee of the ADG Association for the defense and management of the cognac appellation.

X-Rated : an international liqueur made in Angoulême
20 octobre 2008
The production facility for the X-Rated liqueur is now in the Agriers business park in Angoulême. The Dacourt brothers’ drink is very well-known in the United States.

Vines seek hands
16 octobre 2008
The ANPE employment agency and the Charente Chamber of Agriculture are organizing an employment day for jobs in the wine sector on 30 October in Rouillac.

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