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Counterfeits
13 octobre 2006
On Monday 600 bottles of counterfeit cognac were seized and destroyed in Brussels. 10,000 bottles had already been seized in the port of Antwerp several weeks ago

Cognac shipments rise
10 octobre 2006
From September 2005 to August 2006, a total of 145,900,000 bottles of cognac were shipped (+4.3% compared to 2004-2005).

Pernod-Ricard wants to protect itself against takeovers
7 octobre 2006
The AGM of Pernod-Ricard (Martell cognac) on 7 November is to vote on « bons d’offres » or « poison pills », an anti takeover measure which was introduced under the Breton law last March as a defense against hostile takeovers. With the same aim, Pernod-Ricard is also tightening the limitation of voting rights.

Correction
6 octobre 2006
Contrary to what was said in a previous article, exports do not make up 41% of sales at Hennessy. On the other hand, Hennessy accounts for 41% of cognac sales worldwide.

Hennessy storehouses at Bagnolet
3 octobre 2006
On Monday Hennessy organized a visit to its three new storehouses at Bagnolet (5 to 5.5 million euros invested per storehouse). The Taransaud cooperage is producing the barrels (one per day, 112 per storehouse). Three more storehouses will be installed next year.

Cognac on sale with tobacco
2 octobre 2006
G. Haustraete, who runs Cigarissimo (event management) in Cognac, launched the first “Subtle Alliances” evening in Paris on 28 September with the aim of promoting the consumption of cigars and cognacs. He is encouraging tobacco retailers to apply for a class VIII license (free) which allows them to sell spirits to take away.

Barbezieux and Baignes join the etapes du cognac
29 septembre 2006
The communes in the areas round Barbezieux and Baignes (south Charente) are preparing to join the tourist trails called “Les Etapes du cognac”. The Barbezieux and the Haute-Saintonge were the only sectors of pineau and cognac production not to form part of the circuit.

15,000 visitors at Rémy-Martin this season
29 septembre 2006
15,000 people visited the Rémy-Martin cognac house this year, compared to 16,000 last year. The majority of visitors come from abroad, led by the British, the Germans and Scandinavians. There are more and more Russians present.

Spirits on the increase
29 septembre 2006
Sales of spirits are rising on the French market : +1.5% in volume and +1.7% in value in supermarket retailing (70% of the market) from September 2005 to September 2006.

Puy-Gaudin expanding
27 septembre 2006
The Puy-Gaudin company (preparation, bottling and packaging of Pineau des Charentes) has just moved into a new 4,300m² facility in the Gémozac business park.

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