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Fête du cognac for 4 days
14 juillet 2006
The young cognac producers organization (JAAC) is organizing the cognac festival from 13 to 16 July at the river port in Cognac (concerts and regional products from the Charente are on the menu).

Hennessy - new line
14 juillet 2006
On 12 July Hennessy inaugurated its new bottling line at its La Vignerie facility. This investment of almost a million euros is specifically to cater for large volumes and the first bottling will be XO and VSOP in 3 liter bottles. The Chinese market for this format exploded last year.

Pernod Ricard aiming at top spot
11 juillet 2006
As the second phase of integrating Allied Domecq gets under way, Pernod Ricard is counting on its champagnes and cognacs to dethrone Diageno and take its place as world leader in wines and spirits. The Martell, Mumm and Perrier-Jouêt branch is very pleased with its 49% rise in the amount of cognac sold in China between 2002 and 2005.

Etapes du cognac under way
6 juillet 2006
The first week of visits as part of the «  Etapes du cognac » (26 rendezvous between 4 July and 24 August) started on 5 July in Rouillac with a visit to Nadine Dhiersat to see her bottling facility.

Martell progressing in Russia
6 juillet 2006
In Cognac, Pernod-Ricard (Martell cognac) has been receiving its 65 sales representatives in Russia since Tuesday. In 2005, they boosted sales of Martell in the land of vodka by +40%, for +15% of the cognac market in general.

The new VSOP from Camus, created in “Spirit Valley”
3 juillet 2006
The Camus cognac house is launching its VSOP Elegance, which has called upon the all the expertise of the so-called « Spirit Valley » (graphic design, packaging...) in the Cognac area. PHP (photoengraving), St-Gobain and Philippe Paget (glassmakers for the bottles and flasks), etc were all involved. The design of the bottle for this cognac has several particularities : 8 facets, an innovative stopper (screw fitting, heavy and can be used for measuring), a 360° label and the neck of the bottle which recalls “a woman’s bare neck and throat”, as described by Frédéric Delesque, the marketing director at Camus. For the stopper, Gérald Juanola, the industrial director, explained that fourteen different molds were produced and a new custom-built corking machine was constructed.

Frapin and Gosset in China
3 juillet 2006
Béatrice Cointreau, CEO of Frapin cognac and Gosset, has just signed an exclusive distribution contract in China with Changyu (leading Chinese distributor of wines and spirits).

Ricard : succession settled
30 juin 2006
Patrick Ricard, who is due to retire in 2008, has declared in « Le Point » that his succession has been provided for. P. Pringuet, the current acting director general of the Ricard group (Martell cognac) appears to be the favorite.

QNV at 8.35
29 juin 2006
The quantity of wine normally produced (QNV) is to rise to from 8.3 to 8.35 hectoliters of pure alcohol per hectare in the next cognac production campaign. Production is expected to reach 593,500 hectoliters in 2006-2007.

Etapes du cognac
29 juin 2006
The Etapes du cognac association has unveiled its new program for 2006 which offers 26 different rendezvous between 4 July and 24 August.

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