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Other outlets for cognac
25 octobre 2006
The good health of cognac is putting other Charente outlets at risk. Hervé Pogliani, the director of the Distilleries charentaises, is worried about the fall in production of table wines (down from 2.2 million hectoliters five or six years ago to only 300,000 hl this year). For the 2006 harvest, he fears that wines and must will be less than 100,000 hl.

Reforms to organisation of wine market
25 octobre 2006
The European commissioner for Agriculture, Mariann Fischer Boel, will be in the region next week : in the Gironde on Monday and in the Charente on Tuesday. The visit is part of the future reform of the wine market common organisation (OMC-Vin)

Rémy Cointreau : half-year turnover
23 octobre 2006
Rémy Cointreau has reported half-year turnover of 354.4 million euros (organic growth of +1.3%). Cognac (Remy-Martin) has progressed by +4.2% and champagne (Piper-Heidsieck) by +10.9%.

LVMH : sales rising
23 octobre 2006
LVMH sales have risen by +11% in the last 9 months with revenues of 10,626 million euros at 30 September 2006. Sales of wine and spirits have risen by +13% to 1,894 million.

Maison des viticulteurs
19 octobre 2006
In Cognac, the Alliance Fine Champagne cooperative is considering selling the Maison des Viticulteurs (Winegrowers’ center) when it has finished paying off the loan in August 2007. The associations which currently occupy the premises will have to find a new port of call.

LVMH : organic growth of +11%
18 octobre 2006
The LVMH group (Hennessy cognac) has reported organic growth of 11% over 9 months at billion euros.

Nuit du cognac
18 octobre 2006
The tenth edition of the Nuit du cognac festival takes place on Saturday 28 October in the hall at the Distilleries de Segonzac (Charente). Details from the tourist office : 05 45 83 37 77.

2006 harvest
18 octobre 2006
This year’s harvest (which has not completely finished) should be a little larger than in previous years. According to the latest estimate from the ministry of Agriculture, released on 1 October, the national harvest is some 53.9 million hectoliters. In the Charente and Charente-Maritime, the harvest is expected to be 9.4 million hectoliters (almost 6% above the average).

Conference on cognac
18 octobre 2006
The Niort branch of the Dirigeants commerciaux de France (DCF - commercial managers’ association) is organizing on 18 October a conference on cognac at the aire de Poitou-Charentes (close to the A10 toll road), in the presence of a representative of the Bnic trade organization.

Hériard-Dubreuil among the “powerful”
13 octobre 2006
Dominique Hériard-Dubreuil, president of the Rémy-Cointreau group, appears in 38th place in the list of the world’s most powerful women (excluding the US), according to the American magazine “Fortune”.

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