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just Five Years Ago - Belvedere Group's Bumpy Ride 23 Dec 2014

Five years ago this week, French wine and spirits group Belvédère was embroiled in legal proceedings with creditors over the amount of debt it owed. Since then, the firm - which has Bruce Willis as a minority shareholder - has endured a roller coaster of fortunes in its bid to stay afloat.


Focus - Remy Cointreau's H1 Performance by Brand 16 Oct 2014

Remy Cointreau today reported a drop in first-half sales after another weak showing in China. Here, just-drinks takes a closer look at the company's performance by brand in the six months to the end of September.


Allegro: The shape of things to come at Pernod? 29 Aug 2014

When a company announces a cost-savings programme, you can guarantee it will get its own headline. When the programme is given a name by the company, the headline gets that little bit louder. But when the company announcing the programme is French, then start polishing those lightbulbs.


just The Preview - Pernod Ricard's Q4 & FY 26 Aug 2014

Pernod Ricard will report its quarter four and full-year numbers on Thursday. Here, just-drinks takes a look at what the Paris-headquartered group has been up to in the three months to the end of June:


Analysis - Remy's new CEO "a very good hiring" 11 Jun 2014

During last week's full-year results conference call, Remy Cointreau chairman & interim CEO François Hériard Dubreuil said he expected a new face to be sitting alongside him for the next call.

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Belvédère to sell assets, streamline portfolio 16 Dec 2014

Belvédère, the France-based wine and spirits group, is to offload its production assets in Poland and strip down its portfolio as part of a new strategic plan to turnaround falling sales.


La Martiniquaise parent buys on-line wine trader 10 Dec 2014

The Compagnie Financière Européenne de Prises de Participation (COFEPP), which owns French spirits group La Martiniquaise, has extended its footprint in the wine retail segment with the acquisition of Wineandco.com for an undisclosed sum.


Burgundy producer wins appeal over pesticide order 8 Dec 2014

A French biodynamic wine producer who was fined for refusing to use pesticide to protect his vines has won an appeal to overturn his conviction, according to reports.


Marnier Lapostolle quells sale talk 5 Dec 2014

The Société des Produits Marnier Lapostolle, producer of Grand Marnier, has said there are “no plans” to sell the company, following press speculation of a possible deal.


Laurent-Perrier posts H1 profits, sales boost 3 Dec 2014

Laurent-Perrier has continued its strong start to the fiscal year as profits and sales climbed on demand from outside Europe and the performance of its Salon brand.


Les Domaines Paul Mas extends Languedoc vineyards 27 Nov 2014

Les Domaines Paul Mas has added a further 16 hectares of vineyards to its portfolio, through the extension of the production area at its Château Crès Ricards in Languedoc to 42 hectares.


Remy Cointreau stems H1 profits fall 27 Nov 2014

Remy Cointreau has slowed falling profits in its fiscal first half, but has warned that Cognac trends in China continue to damage performance.


Monin to invest EUR30m in doubling capacity 24 Nov 2014

French syrup maker Monin has confirmed plans to invest EUR30m (US$37.2m) in doubling its production capacity, in response to strong international sales growth.


CCE to spend EUR30m on France canning line 17 Nov 2014

Coca Cola Enterprises (CCE) is investing EUR30m in a new canning line at one of its production plants in France.


Belvedere sales slip in year-to-date 17 Nov 2014

Belvédère has seen its year-to-date sales slide as a tough third-quarter hampered the group's progress.

Latest blogs

Press pack prefer to probe Pernod Ricard in private 28 Aug 2014

Does Pernod Ricard have something to hide? In a press conference after the release of full-year results today, only a quarter of the 100 minutes were given over to questions from journalists.


Champagne instead of anti-depressants? 5 Jun 2014

The alcohol industry can sometimes skirt around the reason why people choose to drink.


France's southern winegrowers vie for award - and respect 5 Jun 2014

Among the bustle of - in my opinion - a rejuvenated London Wine Fair yesterday was a competition to honour the best wines of France's Languedoc-Roussillon region.