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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.

BNIC no longer at the Paris agricultural show
18 juillet 2008
The BNIC will no longer participate in the international agricultural show in Paris as it considers that the return on investment is too low.

Pernod must sell brands
18 juillet 2008
Brussels has approved Pernod-Ricard’s takeover of the Swedish group V&S which includes Absolut vodka, on condition that it disposes of brands in certain markets. Pernod-Ricard has already proposed a list of brands including Grönstedts cognac in Sweden.

A. de Fussigny relaunched
18 juillet 2008
P. Giudicelli and J.-D. Andreu, formerly with Ferrand cognacs, have joined forces with Aroma, the number 2 in brandy in Russia, to take over A. de Fussigny. Their production is composed of 80% of brandy and 20% of cognac, but they consider that brandy is complementary to, and not in competition with cognac. They are playing the transparency card, pointing out that everything is bottled in Cognac and that nothing is shipped in bulk. They are relaunching A. de Fussigny which had been mothballed during the Lafragette period. The objective : 5 million bottles in the first year.

Chill wind blows over cognac
18 juillet 2008
Sales of cognac fell in June, by -15.6% over a month and by -2.8% annually, which confirms the underlying trend of a slowdown in sales, notably in the US and Europe excluding Norway. Signs of a slowdown are also appearing in Asia : sales may fall there after the Beijing Olympic Games.

Saury pulls out all the stops in the Charente
18 juillet 2008
Based in Bordeaux, the Correze cooperage group Saury acquired the Leroi cooperage (ex-Martell) in Cognac and Erable at St-Ciers (Charente)in 2007. Production has risen fourfold in a year at Leroi (10 employees hired) and should double again by 2009. Erable has increased its turnover eightfold over the same period and intends to double it by 2009. The Saury group has also been doing well over the last year : personnel doubled ( about 100), activity up by 40% to 30 million euros with 100,000 barrels produced annually.

Elections postponed at BNIC
18 juillet 2008
Following the failure of the two winegrowers’ unions to reach agreement over the allocation of seats, the elections for the BNIC committee, which were scheduled for 23 July, have been postponed until September. The SGV wants 12 places and the SVBC wants 8 whereas there are only 17 available. As a result, the ministry of Agriculture may make the final decision.

Oenology lab taken over
16 juillet 2008
Julien Frumholz, who already owns the oenology laboratory at Archiac, has taken over the lab in Gensac which belongs to Christian Guérin “Gensac Oenologie” (2 lab assistants, 1,000 clients).

Hennessy : new presentation case but fortunes slipping slightly
16 juillet 2008
Hennessy Diptyque is the new limited edition presentation box from Hennessy with two 50 cl bottles. In addition the Hennessy family has the 49th largest fortune in France (-5 places) according to the annual league table published by Challenges magazine (883 million euros with the Chandon- Moët family).

New owner for brasserie
16 juillet 2008
Didier Berthelot, the owner of Angoulême-Boissons, has just acquired the brasserie des Gabariers in Cognac, which used to belong to Jean-Paul Lafragette. Its assets included a microbrewery and XO Beer. Berthelot has kept the brand but not the brewery, which was too small, and now brews in the center of France.

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