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Stuart Todd

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Vranken-Pommery Monopole and Castel announced plans to form the JV in 2013Vranken-Pommery Monopole ends rosé wine JV with Castel 31 July 2017

Champagne house Vranken-Pommery Monopole has withdrawn from a rosé wine joint venture, offloading its share to JV partner Castel. 


Vignoble de la Voie d’Héraclès will invest US$17m in the new wineryVignoble de la Voie d’Heracles invests US$17m in new production facilities 5 July 2017

France's leading organic wine producer, the Vignoble de la Voie d’Héraclès (VVH), is investing about EUR15m (US$17m) in the construction of a new winery.


Eckes-Granini has seen its juice sales rise in FranceStrong sales prompt sizeable production spend from Eckes Granini in France 23 June 2017

German juice producer Eckes-Granini has invested EUR20m (US$22.3m) in a new production line at its facility in neighbouring France.


InVivo lines up Baarsma Wine Group purchase 23 May 2017

The wine unit of French agricultural co-operative InVivo has announced the acquisition of Netherlands-based Baarsma Wine Group.


Castel Frères' Grain d'Envie alcohol-free wine range comprises two varietalsCastel Frères’ Grain d’Envie alcohol-free wine range - Product Launch 7 April 2017

French drinks group Castel Frères will this summer launch a brace of alcohol-free wines via its subsidiary company, Société des Vins de France.


Champagne sales to the UK were hit in 2016 by the weak poundChampagne turns in second-highest year for value sales, despite volume dip - figures 20 March 2017

Sales of Champagne in 2016 hit their second-highest level in value terms, although currency fluctuations related to the UK referendum hampered the year for the segment’s biggest market.


Carlsberg's Kronenbourg 1664 Blanc Sans Alcool - Product Launch 27 February 2017

Carlsberg-owned French brewer Brasseries Kronenbourg has announced the launch an "alcohol-free" version of its 1664 Blanc brand.


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.


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