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Cognac fan made in Japan
6 janvier 2010
Y. Koinuma from Japan has a passion for cognac. He is visiting the estates in the region to broaden his knowledge. In Japan, he gives classes on cognac.

A woman at the head of Bnic
6 janvier 2010
Catherine Le Page will succeed Alain Philippe as director of the Bnic professional trade organization.

Relaunching Bisquit brand
6 janvier 2010
Vincent Chappe has been given the responsibility of relaunching the Bisquit cognac brand by the South African group Distell which acquired it from Martell in 2009. A new bottling facility has been set up in the former premises of Raynal-Pellison. Bisquit currently ships 60,000 nine-liter cases (12 bottles) each year.

Oreco : M. Fourquet bows out
4 janvier 2010
Martine Fourquet has retired after being at the head of Oreco since 1989, the organization responsible for storing eaux-de-vie which acts as an interface between winegrowers and merchants. She was the driving force behind the construction of many of the storehouses which had to be built to cope with the bumper harvests in 1989 and 1990. She handled the fire (and the ensuing repayment) of the stock at Cherac in 1992. Oreco, a monopoly founded in 1932, now stocks 680,000 hl, some 12% of the stocks in the region.

BNIC in search for new leader
30 décembre 2009
The Bnic professional trade organization is holding an extraordinary meeting of its standing committee to consider the applications to succeed the director, Alain Philippe, who is retiring.

Pernod-Ricard workforce ; rising worldwide, falling in France
30 décembre 2009
The workforce at Pernod-Ricard (owners of Martell cognac) has risen to 18,975 employees worldwide following the acquisition of the Swedish group Vin & Spirit. The number of employees in France on 30 June was 2,715 compared to more than 3,000 five years earlier.

Pineau looking rosy
30 décembre 2009
The 2009 harvest produced 100,000 hectoliters of pineau. Shipments fell by 5.4%. 72,269 hl were sold on the French market (-4.6%).

Water finds favor with cognac
30 décembre 2009
The VDC Distribution distillery in Cognac has invested 70,000 euros in a dialyzer to purify even further the water it sells to the cognac houses. Hennessy is hosting an exhibition on the theme of water.

Cognacs in Gault & Millau
30 décembre 2009
The 2010 edition of the Gault & Millau guide looks at 32 cognac houses and suggests 4 “special favorites” : château de Mesnac, château Fontpinot, Frapin and Jean Fillioux.

Grand Marnier loses ground in volume retailing
30 décembre 2009
Sales of Grand Marnier (cognac/orange liqueur) in volume retailing fell slightly in 2009, with a total of 15.6% of sales of traditional liqueurs (compared to 33.3% for its rival Cointreau). The brand is counting on its new distributor Moët-Hennessy Diageo to bounce back.

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