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Distilleries coming up to standard
25 avril 2007
In order to meet the HACCP norm (health quality) the major distilleries are having to invest. This is the case notably for the Distillerie Merlet at Chérac (Hypnotiq liqueur). This requirement is boosting the order book for CSEI (Angoulême), a company specialized in fitting epoxy resin floors, which has just finished a contract at the Camp Romain distillery at Saint-Sévère.

Rémy-Cointreau : 785 million euros turnover in 2006-2007
24 avril 2007
The Rémy-Cointreau group has recorded turnover of 785 million for fiscal 2006-2007 (+3.7%). The cognac sector increased by +12%.

Chill wind blows over cognac
23 avril 2007
Sales of cognac to America fell by 15.4% in the twelve months to March, by 10.6% in Europe and by 28% in France. On the other hand, sales in Asia rose by 42.9%. The fall is 2.8% on a worldwide scale.

Gosset launches Célébris
23 avril 2007
At the launch of the champagne Célébris blanc, J.-P. Cointreau did not make any comment about his appointment to replace his sister Béatrice at the head of Frapin and Gosset.

Unicognac installed
23 avril 2007
Unicognac (Syntéane) commenced operations a few days ago on its new bottling site in the activity park at St-Germain-de-Lusignan (Charente-Maritime) which will be inaugurated on 4 May.

Eaux-de-vie competition at Segonzac
23 avril 2007
The eaux-de-vie competition at the Segonzac agricultural show was of a very high standard this year. Recipients of awards included J.-C Saunier of Segonzac, N. Courtin from St-Preuil and O. Marcadier from Lignières-Sonneville. XO cognacs : gold for B. Gauthier from Malaville, silver for R. Blanleuil from Criteuil-la-Magdelaine and bronze for J. Denis from St-Preuil.

Cognac volumes in 2006
23 avril 2007
With 602,000 to 603,000 hl of pure alcohol distilled in the 2007 campaign, winegrowers in the cognac area produced the maximum amount possible (including the angels’ share) since the QNV maximum quota was 617,900 hl.

Bnic wants to boost consumption in France.
17 avril 2007
The Bnic professional trade organization is reported to have entrusted its public relations to the Greenwich agency in a bid “to change the consumption of cognac in France towards a more contemporary style and win back the French market”.

Pineau sales in 2006
17 avril 2007
Sales of pineau in 2006 reached 114,000 hl (+4%) including 80,000 hl for the French market (+3%). The sharpest increase was on the Belgian market with +8.3% (25,000 hl). In additionm Philippe Coste, at the head of Meukow cognacs, is launching a collection of top of the range pineaux with the label “terroir” (as in regional product).

Pineau des Charentes : producers’ disaffection ?
13 avril 2007
Only 82 members took part in the general meeting of the producers’ union of pineau des Charentes on 12 April in Cognac (compared to 560 two years ago). More and more producers prefer to produce cognac ... Paradoxically, this situation has enabled stocks to be reduced with a working stock of only 3.5 years compared to 3.75 years not long ago. Sales are also partly responsible with a +4% increase between July 2005 and July 2006. In addition, some winegrowers are worried about the forthcoming creation of a defense and management body, which could lead to new forms of control.

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