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The angels’ share
30 juillet 2008
The 3rd edition of “La part des anges”, an auction of exceptional cognacs, will be held on 25 September in the grounds of the town hall in Cognac. The BNIC will invite 350 people instead of the 270 invited previously, including many French and foreign journalists.

Snoop Doggy Dog ambassador for Landy
30 juillet 2008
Since the spring, the US rapper Snoop Doggy Dog (80 million records sold) has been the ambassador in the US for Landy cognac (Ferrand cognac) through a long-term contract. In the past, the rapper had rapped about the merits of Hennessy cognac. The rapper has the same emblem as Landy, a greyhound.

LVMH holding up well
30 juillet 2008
A 12% rise in sales in the first quarter to 7.8 billion at LVMH (Hennessy cognac) confirms that the luxury sector is holding up well in the crisis. The group has managed to raise its prices in various geographical zones.

Renewed growth at Courvoisier
30 juillet 2008
Courvoisier (1.4 million cases annually and 190 employees in Jarnac) has returned to growth two and a half years after its takeover by Fortune Brands which led to a change in distribution network (leaving Allied-Domecq to join Maxxium). “The first year was a transitional period (...) Now, after three years, it is functioning properly and we have more opportunities” explains Jean-Marc Olivier, the CEO.

New award for ABK6 in London
23 juillet 2008
ABK6 cognac has just won a gold medal at the International Wine & Spirit Competition (IWSC) in London for “Best in class”. It had already won an award at the IWSC in 2005, and then at the Paris Agricultural show in 2006. Abécassis has just invested in a new bottling plant to handle the 70,000 bottles produced annually. The production facility, the domaine de Chez Maillard near Claix (Charente), is open to the public 7/7 from June to September.

BNIC becalmed
23 juillet 2008
As expected, the composition of the new plenary assembly of the BNIC will only be known after the summer as the elections have been postponed until the end of the year following the failure by the SGV and the SVBC to reach an agreement (postponed until 31 December but a solution may be found in September).

The Summit in all the festivals.
23 juillet 2008
The “Summit” cocktail (cognac-ginger-cucumber), promoted by the BNIC, and of which 1,500 glasses were served during the fête du cognac, will be served during Blues Passion.

Marie-Brizard safeguard procedure
21 juillet 2008
The Marie-Brizard group (Gautier cognac at Aigre), which had been the subject of a warning by KPMG, has started safeguard procedures (the equivalent of the US Chapter 11 measure). The company has found itself in difficulty following the repurchase of treasury stock and the enforceability of a debt of 375 million euros.

Remy Martin space bottle
21 juillet 2008
The RémySpace bottle, perfected in 2001 by the F. Loeb design agency for Rémy Martin, has been certified by the European Space Agency for space flight.

Photograph exhibition on pineau
21 juillet 2008
Johny Geggler, a photographer and author of a book called « Le pineau passion charentaise » (published by KFM Verlag), in French and English, is holding an exhibition of his photographs in the town gallery in Châteauneuf until 2 August. Numerous events and tastings were organized on 19 and 20 July as part of the exhibition.

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