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Strike at Saint-Gobain Emballage
25 janvier 2007
Employees at St-Gobain Emballage are continuing the strike action which began on 22 January. Disruption in deliveries of bottles to the cognac houses is likely if the strike continues for much longer. The CGT labor union is calling for a meeting with national management.

Where is cognac sold ?
23 janvier 2007
95% of cognac is exported with 37.8% of sales in Europe, 36.7% in the United States, Canada and Mexico and 23.1% in the Far East. The French domestic market has grown by 6.8%, accounting for 7 million bottles in 2006.

Cognac on form in 2006
22 janvier 2007
152 million bottles of cognac were shipped in 2006 (+7.2% in volume and +11% in value compared to 2005).

Organic cognac honored
22 janvier 2007
Last Saturday the Charente Maison de l’agriculture biologique (organic agriculture association) organized a series of events to present organic producers. The first took was hosted by M. Raby of Lignières-Sonneville, a producer of organic cognac.

Cocktails and cognac
22 janvier 2007
Nine barmen from all over France took part on 21 January in a competition for cocktails based on cognac which was organized by the Bnic trade organization and the Association of French Barmen (ABF).

Rémy-Cointreau boosted by Rémy-Martin
19 janvier 2007
Despite a slight fall yesterday the Rémy-Cointreau share price remains at a very high level. Not so much because of the strong sales of cognac (+6.9% in the second half of 2006 after +4.2% in the first six months) but because of rumors of a sell-off, even though this has been denied by the Hériard-Dubreuil family. Group turnover in the first nine months of the 2006-2007 financial year is 610.5 million euros. Rémy-Martin cognac has achieved a turnover of 263 million (+4.2% in value, +2.2% in organic growth). In Cognac, the two GCT union representatives at Rémy-Cointreau are included in the list of 55 people taking early retirement.

Bottles take on the colors of cartoons
18 janvier 2007
Each year the Maison des Maines cooperative in Segonzac markets 1,800 bottles of Charente vin de pays, decorated with illustrations from comic strips, in honor of the comic strip festival in Angoulême which takes place from 25 to 28 January.

Brasserie des Gabariers
17 janvier 2007
The Gabariers brewery In Cognac produces a beer flavored with cognac (XO Beer). Production has risen from 500 hl in 2005 to 1,600 hl in 2006.

Hennessy : S. Bourgeois leaves
17 janvier 2007
Sophie Bourgeois, the director of the Quais tourist center, is leaving Hennessy.

New director at the Bnic viticultural station
17 janvier 2007
Luc Lurton is the new director of the viticultural station run by the Bnic professional trade body. He takes over from Roger Cantagrel.

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