The Comité Interprofessionnel du Vin de Champagne (CIVC) has opened an office in Brazil.

The trade body confirmed today (20 February) that the office, located in São Paulo, is to be headed up by Sophie Lechevalier.

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Brazil is last of the four BRIC countries where CIVC has set up direct representation: Last year, an office was set up in Moscow, with the New Delhi and Beijing offices opening in 2006 and 2000, respectively.

Separately, the CIVC said today that it has closed its office in the Netherlands. The organisation now has one office that covers the Benelux (Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg), resulting in the reduction of its international network from 14 to 13 offices.