FRANCE: Wine companies offered credit lifeline
The French Treasury has signed a deal with the country's wine and spirits trade bodies FEVS and AGEV to help struggling wine firms gain access to credit.
The agreement will make it easier for wineries to use part of their stocks as a guarantee against loans, by introducing French Customs as an independent inspector of stocks' quality and quantity.
"The economic crisis has heightened the notion of risk among banks making credit lines difficult to obtain," an FEVS spokesperson told just-drinks today (4 June).
The role of Customs could go a long way in allaying banks fears on the creditworthiness of firms."
He added that it is difficult to gauge the financial health of many wine firms. "Firms who export a good part of their production will be more exposed than those more anchored to domestic markets will be feeling the pinch less."
Courvoisier, the Cognac arm of Beam Global Spirits & Wine, remains cautious on talk of an economic recovery in its key US market, but the group is increasingly upbeat about the UK, Russia and Asia....
Esher-based spirits importer, Liqueurs de France has acquired UK distribution rights for French West Indies rum producer Bielle from Marie-Galante....
Inter-Rhône has lined up a consumer advertising campaign for the region's wine in the US....
Champagne's ruling council will this week restrict the amount of Champagne allowed onto the market, as new figures suggest export sales have plummeted in the first half of 2009....
- What's coming up in beer in 2017? - Comment
- What's coming up in spirits in 2017? - Comment
- When BRIC markets go horribly wrong
- The just-drinks Analyst - 2017 forecasts
- Interview, Philip Gregan, New Zealand Winegrowers
- A-B InBev acquires Spain's Cervezas La Virgen
- Diageo closes spirits e-commerce portal in UK
- Home entertaining offers drinks opp's - Diageo
- Former Stoli Group CEO joins Perfect Vodka owner
- Diageo mulls United Spirits stake buy - report
- Global vodka insights - market forecasts, product innovation and consumer trends
- The Next Seven Big Beverage Markets
- Global Cognac insights - market forecasts, product innovation and consumer trends
- Global gin insights - market forecasts, product innovation and consumer trends
- Opportunities in Craft Spirits