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William Grant leaves Cognac
26 septembre 2008
The William Grant group (Raynal brandy and Pelisson cognac) has decided to transfer its Cognac site to Scotland on 31 December. 42 jobs will be lost.

Hennessy : M. Baldacchino attacks
26 septembre 2008
M. Balldacchino, a labor union activist and employee at Hennessy, is taking the company to a labor relations board, accusing it of harassment, discrimination and theft of professional and labor union computer data. He is expected to lodge an official complaint and take his case to the Halde (high authority to fight discrimination and to promote equality).

Hennessy brand in 95th place worldwide
25 septembre 2008
According to Interbrand, the Hennessy brand is in 95th place worldwide. The cognac house has lost 3% of its worth in a year and eight places in the Interbrand league table. Its brand value is set at 3,513 billion dollars.

Bleak year for cognac in France
25 septembre 2008
The last year has not been good for cognac on its domestic market, with only 5,774,000 bottles sold in France between 1 September 2007 and 31 August 2008 (25% less than in 2007). The french sales represent only 4% of the total market. Sales are crumbling except in Asia. The average price of a bottle of cognac in supermarkets has risen from 14 euros (2007) to 18.78 euros. At the Bnic, the communication campaigns and the success of the “Summit cocktail are believed to be bearing their fruit.

Last meeting before the harvest
25 septembre 2008
The winegrowers’ union held its harvest meeting in Cognac on 23 September. On the agenda were the innovations for this year’s harvest, which is to begin soon, notably the disappearance of the QNV (quantity of wine normally produced) for land allocation and yields (10.85 hectoliters of pure alcohol per hectare). But given the weather conditions in recent months, production is unlikely to reach this yield.

La tonnellerie de Jarnac
23 septembre 2008
The cooperage known as La tonnellerie de Jarnac (ZA de Souillac, 14 employees) would like to expand in the Charente which represents only 5 to 7% of its activity. The image of the former Chalufour cooperage, which was taken over in 2004, is still present. The cooperage has hired a sales representative. The company is very active in California, Chili, Argentina, Spain and Italy.

Low 2008 harvest
23 septembre 2008
The ministry of Agriculture estimates that this year’s harvest will be about 45.6 million hectoliters of wine. The Bordeaux region is at 5.7 million (-11%) with 7.5 million (-13%) in the Charentes.

Cognacs, wines and the web
15 septembre 2008
In France, the “Heineken” ruling has cast a chill over online marketing of certain brands of alcohol. Among the cognac houses, some have opened their umbrella completely by refusing French internauts access to their sites (Courvoisier, Camus) or by not encouraging sales (Martell, Hennessy, Rémy-Martin). An inter-ministerial workgroup has been working since before the summer on online communication of wines and spirits.

Harvest meeting in Cognac on 23 September
12 septembre 2008
The winegrowers’ union for the defense of the cognac AOC is organizing the harvest meeting on 23 September at 6 p.m. in Cognac (La Salamandre). The meeting will focus on the regulatory reforms which take effect for this year’s harvest.

CNN investigates spirits
11 septembre 2008
The US news channel CNN will be filming in Cognac tomorrow as part of a 45 minute documentary on spirits across the world.

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