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Armenians like cognac
1er avril 2008
Interest in cognac from Eastern European investors is confirmed by two investments made by Armenians : a Euro Négoce bottling plant in Jarnac in 2005 and the château de Châtenay in 2007.

Distillation decoded
30 mars 2008
On 27 March, the distillers’ association invited Robert Leauté, an oenologist, to the L’Oisellerie technical college at La Couronne (Charente) to talk about the subtleties of distilling. The distillers are delighted that trades and training in winegrowing and spirits are raising awareness among young people and attracting them (except the first part, working the vines).

Vodka Absolut : 4 candidates in the running
30 mars 2008
Four firm offers have been submitted for Absolut Vodka including one from Pernod-Ricard. The decision is due to be announced within three weeks.

Cognac : fall in American market
27 mars 2008
Shipments of cognac fell by -0.1% in 2007. The Far East continued to rise with +25.9% whereas the US market fell by -2.9%.

Cognac Story : cultural saga of the star drink
26 mars 2008
L’Harmattan and Le Croît Vif are publishing a work by François Julien-Labruyère, called "Cognac Story", devoted to the history of cognac and the different ways to drink it. The book relates the evolution of the spirit from the 17th century to the present and is based on literary, sociological and economic references. The book "Cognac Story" costs 35 euros.

Courvoisier must pay more
26 mars 2008
Winegrowers in the Siac des Baronnies cooperative are calling for a purchase price for 2005 eaux-de-vie of 1,000 euros per hectoliter (compared to 910 euros currently paid by Courvoisier). In addition, J.-M. Macoin, the president of the cooperative, is standing down.

Head of LVMH honored
26 mars 2008
Antonio Belloni, the director general of LVMH has been made a chevalier in the Legion of Honor in respect of foreign affairs (accolade for foreigners working in France).

Elections at the BNIC
26 mars 2008
The "cognac" AOC professionals’ union has organized one of its district meetings at Sigogne (Charente). The elections to designate representatives at the BNIC are due to take place on 31 May.

Promotional goods for cognac houses
25 mars 2008
In Cognac, the BNIC is launching a boutique with promotional goods for its members (bags, glasses...).

Slight slowdown in cognac sales
19 mars 2008
Sales of cognac have slowed slightly with a 0.1% fall in outgoings between March 2007 and February 2008 (-3% to the US market, -26.5% in bulk trading but +67.1% to China).

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