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Centre international des eaux-de-vie
13 avril 2007
Now that Segonzac has become a center of rural excellence, the International Center for eaux-de-vie has taken on another dimension : State participation as part of the excellence label has enabled the center to speed up its development projects. An increase in numbers is under consideration and the buildings are to be refurbished. The spirithèque (spirits gallery) is to be expanded : it could rise to 6,000 or 7,000 bottles.

Pineau des Charentes : + 2% on sales in 2006
12 avril 2007
Sales of pineau rose by +2% in 2006.

Courvoisier sales increase
12 avril 2007
Sales of the Courvoisier cognac house (Jarnac) have risen by +8% since March 2006 and it has raised its purchase price to suppliers. Managers consider that the integration of the Beam Global Spirits and Wine branch from Fortune Brands has been a success.

A great name for the Hermione
11 avril 2007
Moêt-Hennessy has just joined the patronage of the Hermione project, the frigate at Rochefort which will cross the Atlantic in 2011 in the wake of La Fayette.

Average vineyard area
11 avril 2007
In 2005, the census run by the Bnic interprofessional organization counted 5,891 winegrowing farms with an average area of 12.58 hectares.

Pineau des Charentes
6 avril 2007
The producers’ union of pineau des Charentes is organizing its general meeting on 12 April at the Salamandre in Cognac. Subjects to be raised include the composition of the body to handle the defence and management of pineau, projects in the sector and specific taxation of this drink from the Charente.

Hennessy : unrest over salaries
4 avril 2007
At Hennessy on 3 April, the CFDT labor union failed to elicit any response to its request for a salary adjustment plan in line with employees in the champagne branch of LVMH (salaries 21 to 35% higher). Stoppages may take place.

Black Pearl : en exceptional cognac
3 avril 2007
Rémy-Martin is launching its top of the range cognac Louis Xlll Black Pearl at a price of 7,000 euros per bottle. The company has drawn off 786 bottles of this eau-de-vie from a single tierce. The gray pearl crystal numbered decanter is by Baccarat. Remy-Martin’s usual Centaur logo has been replaced by four seals in the shape of lilies with a fifth lily on the stopper.

Changes at Frapin and Martell
2 avril 2007
The board of directors at Cointreau has relieved Béatrice Cointreau of her duties as CEO of Gosset (champagne) and Frapin (cognac in Segonzac, sales rising from 4.7 to 6.8 million between 2004 and 2006). She was against the strategy favored by her brother of merging the group’s liqueurs, champagne and cognac sales networks. In addition, B. Lemoine, the cellar master at Martell, has also been relieved of his functions.

Cognac house employees : negotiations fail
30 mars 2007
The four meetings of the cognac houses joint commission (Charente) have not succeeded : the employers’ organizations and the labor unions have been unable to reach an agreement over a salary increase for employees in the large and small cognac houses and distilleries.

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