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QNV at 8.5 ?
27 juin 2006
The Bnic is due to set the figure for the production of pure alcohol per hectare on 28 June. It is expected to be 8.5hl.

Comité Colbert : Martell showing interest
26 juin 2006
Martell may be about to join the Comité Colbert, an association which brings together 69 French brands of luxury goods.

Foulon-Sopagly to expand in the Charente
26 juin 2006
Foulon-Sopagly, the European leader in grape juice, is seeking to expand its activity in the Charente and Charente-Maritime. It purchased 900,000 hl in 2004 and 450,000hl in 2005.

Pernod-Ricard : sales fall in US
21 juin 2006
Sales of the Pernod-Ricard wines and spirits group (Martell cognac) in the USA fell by 5.1% in May 2006 whereas the market rose by 2.5%.

Marie Brizard : not to be broken up
20 juin 2006
Jean-Paul Saubesty has been appointed as CEO of Marie Brizard (Boreaux) and has stated that he does not wish to break up the group which has been taken over by Belvédère, thus bringing together the Hine (Jarnac) and Gautier (Aigre) cognac houses in the same fold, that of the Trinidadian group Angostura.

Hennessy : dispute over
20 juin 2006
Hennessy employees are to return to work on 20 June. Management has decided to award a bonus and to create 10 jobs.

Cognac shipments
20 juin 2006
Shipments of cognac rose by 6% between June 2005 and May 2006.

Marie-Brizard : logistical changes
20 juin 2006
Marie Brizard (Bordeaux) has been taken over by Belvédère : Gautier cognacs in Aigre (Marie Brizard) will now deal with the bottling of Hine cognac (which belongs to the CL Financial consortium which owns Belvédère) which is currently being bottled at Hennessy in Cognac.

Hennessy : negotiations under way
20 juin 2006
Management at Hennessy had the blockade of the site at La Vignerie lifted on 16 June. Discussions resumed on 19 June.

Unicognac : building work continues
15 juin 2006
At Saint-Germain-de-Lusignan, the Jonzac-based company Unicognac is constructing a 4,800 m² building which will bring together the 49 employees from its sites at Fontbedeau and Jonzac. Production will rise from 3,000 to 6,000 bottles per hour. The move will cost 4.5 million euros.

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