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Stuart Todd

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France's winemakers reported a markedly lower harvest in 2017France records "historically low" wine harvest - figures 10 October 2017

France's wine harvest this year fell markedly on recent years, according to data released earlier this week.

Danone has invested EUR280m in Evian's site in eastern FranceDanone expands production at Evian site in France 14 September 2017

Danone has completed a capacity upgrade for Evian at the water brand’s production facility in the east of France.

Ilan Ouanounou will assume the newly-created role within Coca-Cola European PartnersCoca-Cola European Partners appoints VP of corporate strategy 12 September 2017

Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP) has named Ilan Ouanounou to the newly-created post of VP of corporate strategy.

Exports of wines and spirits from France performed well in the first six months of 2017French wines, spirits exports jump in H1 2017 - figures 8 September 2017

Sales of French wines and spirits to exports rose by low double-digits in the first six months of 2017, according to figures released this week.

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Champagne house Vranken-Pommery Monopole has withdrawn from a rosé wine joint venture, offloading its share to JV partner Castel.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

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