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Wanted : cognac cocktail
11 décembre 2007
From 20 to 23 January 2008 the Bnic is organizing a competition which will bring together about fifty mixologists from all over the world to find a new cognac-based cocktail.

Université des eaux-de-vie in Segonzac
11 décembre 2007
Denis Richard, who has been at the head of the university of eaux-de-vie in Segonzac (Charente) since 2000, will accompany his last class this year, a group of 21 students.

Crédit Agricole supporting winegrowing
11 décembre 2007
The Crédit Agricole Charente-maritime Deux-Sèvres and the Crédit Agricole Charente-Périgord have been working for the last eighteen months with the winegrowers’ union (SGV) and the cognac houses to envisage a way to help winegrowers to replant the vineyards and in investments in general.

Marie-Brizard to leave Bordeaux ?
11 décembre 2007
Marie-Brizard (parent company of several small cognac houses) may leave Bordeaux to merge its head office in the Paris region with that of its own parent company Belvédère.

Cognac and chocolate for the festivities
10 décembre 2007
Martell is joining forces with the Quebec chocolate producer Geneviève-Grandbois to create new products for the festivities.

Cognac : on trial for exceeding quotas
10 décembre 2007
About thirty winegrowers from Charente-Maritime are to appear in court at Saintes (Charente-Maritime) between 20 January and 20 February 2008, charged with exceeding their quotas in 2005 and 2006. The Bnic and the customs service will be seeking compensation.

Cognac : the vagaries of the boom
7 décembre 2007
With the exception of the 5 great names in the cognac marketplace (which account for 80% of sales), the 250 small and medium-sized producers are scarcely benefiting from the exceptional growth in the sector (+8.5% annual growth on 31 October, with 136.1 million bottles shipped). The cause : the weakness of the dollar (the small players are unable to protect themselves as well as the big 5) and the low level of stocks of VSOP (once again, the big 5 have better storage capacity). In general terms, the supply of cognac is extremely stretched in view of the high demand.

Hennessy : computer seized
7 décembre 2007
An executive at Hennessy, the CFC-CGC union delegate, has had his computer seized as part of the preparation by the company of its defense in a case due to be heard in conciliation at the labor relations board.

« La Beauté du siècle « at 160,000 euros
7 décembre 2007
Hennessy is to market an exceptional cognac in Japan : “La beauté du siècle”, a crystal carafe from Baccarat in a presentation box of medieval inspiration (by the artist Jean-Michel Othoniel). The price : a little over 160,000 euros.

Pineau in competition
4 décembre 2007
The national committee for Pineau des Charentes is once again organizing its competition for catering and hotel colleges with the final taking place on 5 December at the Lycée Hôtelier in La Rochelle. The students will be going head to head over pineau-based cocktail recipes but also in the kitchen.

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