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Quarrels breaking out between 2 winegrowers’ unions
25 juin 2008
The two cognac winegrowers’ unions have been unable to reach agreement over the sharing out of seats within the new management association (ADG). The SVG wanted to leave 6 of the 17 places to the SVBC which is demanding a further two. The same problem arises with the seats available within the BNIC where the representatives are due to be renewed in August : the SVBC is demanding 8 seats whereas the SGV is only allowing it 5 out of 17. As a result, all the fine talk during the elections to the ADSG about a merger between the two unions has not withstood the facts.

Cognac week
19 juin 2008
Cognac week will take place from 23 to 29 June. A special supplement is devoted to this event in the Charente Libre and Sud Ouest newspapers.

Poitou-Charentes wine competition
18 juin 2008
Recently the Museum of the arts of cognac played host to a competition for wines from the Poitou-Charentes. 44 winegrowers took part to present 124 samples (in vin de pays charentais, saumur, Nord-Vienne and Haut-Poitou). The list of winners can be seen at :www.saveurspoitoucharentes.com

New billboard campaign for Rémy-Martin
16 juin 2008
The Rémy-Martin cognac house is launching a new billboard campaign in the Cognac region featuring the brand’s centaur logo and the slogan “Vous êtes sur les terres de Rémy-Martin” (You are on the lands of Rémy-Martin).

Roullet-Fransac - takeover imminent
16 juin 2008
The Armenian businessman T. Arzakantsyan is expected to buy the Roullet-Fransac cognac house (Chermignac, sales 1.3 million).

Cognac : ADG elections
14 juin 2008
The Association for the defense and management of the cognac appellation (ADG) held its election yesterday : the Winegrowers’ Union (SGV) won 37 seats with 31 seats going to the Winegrowers and Distillers’ union (SVBC). The Modef won no seats. The ADG is holding its AGM on 24 June. Out of a total of 5,452 winegrowers and cognac producers, 2,176 have joined the ADG.

Cognac auction on 25 September
14 juin 2008
The Bnic is organizing a charity evening on 25 September with a cognac auction.

Spirits holding up well in the crisis
12 juin 2008
Sales of drinks with an alcohol content over 15° progressed by 3.8% in France in 2007 and the fall in food purchases has not affected spirits, according to the French Spirits Federation (FFS). This progression is at the expense of sales of wine and beer which have fallen. Whisky leads the way in France (37% of the market) ahead of the aniseed drinks (31%) and liqueurs (6.6%). White alcohols (vodka, gin, rum) are progressing but these are still small markets. Duty on spirits earned the government 3.1 billion in 2007. 4 bottles in 5 are sold through mass distributors.

Counterfeit cognac spotted and seized in Hungary
12 juin 2008
The Bnic has identified a Hungarian company which produces and markets Hungarian brandy flavored with cognac, and which is passed off as such. Hungarian customs have seized over 3,200 bottles.

Misleading cognac
11 juin 2008
During a visit to Poland in May, N. Sarkosy thought he was offering his hosts a famous cognac (Domaine Fontaine de la Pouyade, in Bassac, 1713 vintage), but the manager of the company had been judged by the Regional Court in Angoulême in 2006 for “having misled clients of the company about the origin and the important qualities and the composition of the cognac”.

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