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Cognac, safran and lupins at the international agricultural show
13 février 2008
The region is preparing to take part in the Agricultural Show in Paris from 23 February to 2 March. On a 60m² stand, it will present all its traditional specialties (54 regional products have a quality label) but also safran and lupins. The BNIC will take part once again this year and for the ninth time in the International Agricultural show. It will have a stand with two main themes : consumption of the product and training for people working in the sector.

SVBC wants to make its voice heard during elections
8 février 2008
The elections at the ADG cognac defense association are to be held in May and June to appoint the 68 winegrower delegates and the 68 delegates to represent the merchants. They will be seen as a test as they are being held just before the elections at the BNIC. The winegrowers and distillers’ union (SVBC) wants to have an influence on the first election in order to obtain posts at the BNIC afterwards.

Hennessy accelerating in 2007
8 février 2008
The volume of sales of Hennessy cognac rose by 10% in 2007 (and even 12% for XO). Sales in the wine and spirits branch of the LVMH group rose by 8% in 2007 to 3.2 billion.

Diageo abandons Absolut vodka takeover
8 février 2008
The British company Diageo has dropped out of the takeover race for the Swedish vodka Absolut, which has been put up for sale by its parent company, Vin & Sprit. Diageo, which already owns Smirnoff vodka, knew that the acquisition of Absolut would face competition problems. This withdrawal is good news for Pernod-Ricard, which is in the running for the takeover, along with six other candidates (Fortune Brands, Bacardi ...).

Presenter of 1,000 euros radio quiz and ambassador for pineau
4 février 2008
Louis Bozon, the presenter of the quiz “jeu des 1.000 euros” on France Inter, will be enthroned into the confrerie du pineau on 6 February at Chérac (Charente-Maritime).

Changes ahead in winegrowing
29 janvier 2008
By July, the players in the cognac economy will have to hold elections to choose the representatives of the SGV winegrowers’ union, the ADG cognac defense association and the Bnic. The winegrower members of the Maison des Maines will decide whether on not to liquidate the ACV cooperative on 29 February.

Elections at Syndicat général des vignerons
28 janvier 2008
The winegrowers’ union (SGV) in Cognac is holding elections for its delegates this year. Candidates must make themselves known before 15 February. Meetings are being held by the SGV in the Charente on Monday at Etriac, on Tuesday at Aigre and on Thursday at Salles-d’Angles.

More local promotion for cognac and pineau
25 janvier 2008
Young winegrowers from Jonzac (Charente-Maritime) met on Wednesday in the Leclerc store to protest against the “lack of visibility given to their products (pineau and cognac) in this store” They would like the company to improve promotion of local products. Jean-Charles Hugon, the store manager, defended himself by stating that his sales of cognac had risen by 6% and pineau by more than 18% from 2006 to 2007.

Pernod-Ricard : sales rise by +5.9%
25 janvier 2008
Pernod-Ricard net sales rose by +5.9% in the first half year (to end December) to 3.7 billion euros.

Cognac : a cocktail at the summit
24 janvier 2008
At the end of the International Cocktail Summit, the mixologists gathered at Cognac devised a cocktail made with cane sugar, fresh ginger, lime, artisanal lemonade and cucumber. The cocktail is called : “The summit”.

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