Bouvet-Ladubay is investing EUR8m (US$10.7m) in raising its annual production capacity from 3.6m bottles to 6.5m over the next five years.

At Distré near Saumur, the Loire valley sparkling wines producer, which was acquired by India's United Breweries last year, is planning to build a 9,000 sq.m production plant equipped with downstream wine-making facilities, which could be extended to 22,000 sq.m. Work is scheduled to start in September and be completed in the first quarter of 2008. At its Saint Hilaire-Saint Florent site, Bouvet-Ladubay is investing in improving its bottling system and upgrading storage facilities.

Formerly owned by Taittinger, Bouvet-Ladubay reported 9% growth in turnover to EUR13.5m, with exports accounting for 60% of the total.