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Hennessy open for visits
3 septembre 2008
The Hennessy cognac house has an educational trail for visitors with numerous precious exhibits on display, such as a barrel dated 1893. Despite this, visitor numbers fell this summer by 15 to 20%.

Exceeding quotas : winegrowers convicted
3 septembre 2008
On 2 September, the Regional Court in Angoulême imposed fines ranging from 3,500 to 31,000 euros on six winegrowers from the Cognac area for exceeding their production quotas (QNV, quantity of wine normally produced).

J.P. Lafragette takes the stand today
2 septembre 2008
Jean-Paul Lafragette is to appear in court in Agen (47) on 2 September in his role as ex-CEO of Vianne Crystalglass where he has to answer charges of corporate fraud for events dating back to a period between June 2004 and December 2005. He may ask for the case to be postponed until a later date. The misappropriation of funds at Vianne may be limited to less than 150,000 euros. Lafragette is also under investigation in another case, that of embezzlement to the detriment of his company L&L (cocktails, based at Boé and at Cognac in the Charente).

Alliance Fine Champagne’s general assembly
2 septembre 2008
The Alliance Fine Champagne is to hold its general assembly on 4th September, starting at 4 p.m. in the Club Rémy-Martin in Cognac. It will be presided by Bernard Guionnet. The CEO of the Lacarrière company will present the regional situation to his cooperative suppliers.

Cognac charity auction
27 août 2008
The main cognac houses have donated 23 exceptional bottles to boost an auction organized on the initiative of the BNIC with the proceeds going to the Fondation de France.

Less pineau but more cognac
27 août 2008
The 2007-2008 winegrowing season saw a 10.3% fall in the production of pineau to 83,636 hl, according to the first official figures. Sales have also fallen by -2.1%. Exports are holding firm, rising by 1.7% (3.9% in Canada), unlike the domestic market (-3.4% in France). This drop is due solely to the offer, according to analysts, as winegrowers have preferred to opt for cognac which was then more nervous and offered greater returns.

Dr Dre launches his own brand of cognac
25 août 2008
The American rapper Dr Dre is launching his own brand of cognac, « Aftermath », which will be used to promote his latest album, « Detox ». The brand will be distributed in Europe by the Abécassis cognac house, based at Claix. The US rappers Snoop Doggy Dog and Puff Daddy, for their part, have signed exclusive promotion agreements respectively with Ferrand cognac and Cîroc vodka (Diageo).

Cognac : results down
19 août 2008
Over the last twelve months, shipments of cognac have fallen by 3.8% to 152.9 million bottles and outgoings (which include shipments and other uses) have dropped by 4.2% to 168.4 million bottles. The fall is -11.4% in Europe and -3.3% in North America. In Asia, there has been an increase (+6.5%). In July the dry weather reduced the level of mildew which had been threatening the distillation vineyards.

Belvédère : increase in turnover thanks to Poland.
18 août 2008
The Belvédère spirits group has recorded a 24.5% increase in turnover in the first half-year, some 577.5 million, thanks largely to sustained sales in Poland (business in the country represents 62% of sales with growth of +55.7%). Belvédère is maintaining its objective of turnover of 1.2 billion. A safeguard procedure was started in July.

Rambo serving vodka
18 août 2008
The American actor Sylvester Stallone has signed a one-year contract with the Russian vodka Synergy, to promote its product in commercials.

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