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Stuart Todd

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France's wine and spirits companies had a bumper 2016Cognac drives French wines and spirits to another export record - figures 10 February 2017

France’s wine and spirits exports registered a second consecutive record year in 2016, according to data released this week.

Heineken will see capacity at one of its three French breweries rise markedlyHeineken to plough US$10m into French brewery 2 February 2017

Heineken has confirmed plans to spend EUR9.3m (US$10m) on one of its three breweries in France.

The Cognac sector enjoyed a record year in 2016China "normalisation" and strong US boost Cognac exports to new highs - figures 16 January 2017

The Cognac industry set new export records last year for both volumes and value, according to recently-released figures.

Bordeaux is set to post a healthy wine harvest for 2016Bordeaux braced for biggest wine harvest since 2009 23 December 2016

Hit by a succession of small wine harvests in recent years, Bordeaux's 2016 crop is set to be the biggest since 2009, easing pressure on the region’s stocks considerably.

CMA CGM will handle the logistics side of the French bottled water JVShipping group CMA CGM targets China with French bottled water JV 22 December 2016

French maritime shipping giant CMA CGM is moving into the bottled water market with the creation of a joint-venture company in partnership with the Société des Eaux Minérales d’Ogeu.

The estate owner's vineyards were found to be in poor condition, unlike theseBordeaux wine scam sees estate owner jailed 4 November 2016

French customs officers have dismantled a wine trafficking ring in the Bordeaux region that focused on passing off lower grade products as wines with as 'appellation d'origine contrôlée' (AOC).

Castel Frères to invest US$112m in modernisation programme 7 October 2016

Castel Frères has unveiled a EUR100m (US$111.8m) project to modernise production, bottling and storage facilities at its headquarters in Blanquefort, near Bordeaux.

Bordeaux saw its wine exports to China perform well in the year to the end of JuneBordeaux wine exports to China soar, Brexit hampers UK - figures 6 October 2016

Exports of Bordeaux wines to China have leapt in recent months, although the fallout from the European Union referendum has hit shipments to the UK, recent figures have shown.

France's wine and spirits export data was released earlier this weekFrench wine falls, spirits rise in H1 exports - figures 21 September 2016

The exports of spirits and of still wine from France headed in opposite directions in the first six months of this year, according to recently-released figures.

High quality, but low quantity for this year's Champagne harvest2016 Champagne harvest to fall markedly - forecast 7 September 2016

This year’s Champagne harvest will be one of the smallest in the past 20 years, although quality is set to be high, the Syndicat Général des Vignerons de Champagne (SGVC) has forecast.

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