A series of senior departures from Marie Brizard subsidiary, Les Chais Beaucairois (LCB), has raised suspicions about the company's future.

General director Olivier Simonou and production director Olivier Reggio have both left for French drinks group Castel. Commercial director Hervé Gimeno has also left, joining Les Vignerons du Val d'Orbieu, a Languedoc wine producing co-operative.

Marie Brizard confirmed the departures but would not comment on the future of LCB, which it says is its biggest bottling facility in France, employing over 300 people.

However, in an interview with French newspaper Midi Libre, Marie Brizard director Jérome Mattéloi said there is no question of separating from LCB.

Based in Beaucaire in southern France, LCB specialises in wine and syrup production and bottling for the wholesale channel.

French wine and spirits group Belvédère bought Marie Brizard in 2005, when it secured a 69.3% stake in the spirits producer in a deal worth EUR320m (US$428m).