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Unicognac bottles cognac
2 octobre 2008
At St-Germain-de-Lusignan, Unicognac handles the bottling and marketing of “Jules Gautret” cognac and pineau des Charentes as well as the “Thalassa” and “Père Fouras” vins de pays from the Charente. It has sales of 17.5 million euros and sells 5 million bottles in over 40 countries.

A fresh start for Cognac Ferrand
1er octobre 2008
A. Gabriel, at the head of Ferrand cognacs (28 employees), will soon present the new shareholders who should enable the company to be revived, following a disagreement between the shareholders which ended up in court. The company is now clearly aiming at the top end of the market.

A special bottle for “Coeur de cognac”
30 septembre 2008
The new cognac “Coeur de cognac” from Rémy Martin combines the voluptuous aromas of pears and apricots in a Fine champagne eau-de-vie which is the result of slow distillation. The designer Philippe di Méo has created the bottle which is accompanied by a polished metal spoon and a pouch for ice cubes.

Grey Goose in a (very) limited edition “Seau Ice”
30 septembre 2008
Grey Goose vodka (produced at Gensac-la-Pallue) will be available for the Christmas festivities in an ice bucket with tray : “Seau Ice”. Made of sandblasted metal, it was created in Paris by 5.5 Designers and only five will be produced. It is sold in a presentation case at a price of 2,800 euros.

Strike at Pelisson-Raynal
30 septembre 2008
A strike will take place on Wednesday during the extraordinary works council at Pelisson-Raynal (spirits) in Cognac, which has announced the closure of the local site and relocation in Scotland (42 jobs lost on 31 December).

Charente wine harvest
30 septembre 2008
In the Charente region, where the white grape harvest for drinking wines (sauvignon and chardonnay) got under way last week, and red varieties should follow suit this week. Ugni-blanc (for distillation to produce cognac) has obtained a week’s reprieve and will probably now be harvested next week. The physical health of the grapes will enable farmers to pick the best day. Yields observed on grapes already harvested are quite low, in the order of 45-50 hl/hectare for sauvignon and 35-40 hl/hectare for chardonnay. This figure should reach 100hl/hectare for white grapes destined for distillation, according to the BNIC viticultural station.

Winegrowing, ten years on
29 septembre 2008
In September 1998, winegrowing in the Cognac area was in crisis. Farmers demonstrated and blocked off Cognac for four days. Ten years later, a new record for sales has just been set with 158 million bottles sold. But in ten years, the region has lost 7,000 hectares and almost 5,000 farms (about half of the total number). The 2008 harvest is the first to be carried out under the new land allocation rules. The project for a single union, in a position to negotiate with the cognac brokers, has reached deadlock. Nevertheless, the winegrowers’ union (SGV) and the winegrowers’ and distillers’ union (SVBC) have until September 30 to reach an agreement.

Cognac under the hammer
29 septembre 2008
The auction of cognacs organized last Thursday produced 33,462 euros for the Fondation de France.

A. de Fussigny has become Russian
29 septembre 2008
The Russian businessman V. Zadorine (Aroma group) took over the cognac brand A. de Fussigny at the end of 2007 in association with French partners.

Hard times for cognac houses
29 septembre 2008
Pernod Ricard has seen its sales drop in bars and restaurants in the US. Store sales are continuing to rise. Investir.fr notes that the Rémy Cointreau (Rémy Martin cognac) share price has fallen by almost one third since the beginning of the year and recalls a shareholder pact negotiated in 2001 to set the appraisal rights for the Hériard-Dubreuil and Cointreau families, which raises the prospect of an eventual change in ownership.

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