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Pol Roger to spend almost US$50m on production upgrade

28 October 2020 | Stuart Todd

Champagne maker Pol Roger has lined up an investment of EUR40m (US$47.3m) in its operations in Epernay.... read more

Italian police break counterfeit wine ring

3 July 2020 | Stuart Todd

Authorities in Italy have taken down a network of wine counterfeiters selling fake premium Italian wines online.... read more

InVivo looks to join France's wine big guns with Vinadeis stake increase

2 July 2020 | Stuart Todd

The wine arm of French farming and agri-food co-operative InVivo has opened talks to raise its holding in counterpart Vinadeis, with a view to becoming the country's third-largest wine company.... read more

Champagne poised for COVID-19 sales crash - forecast

29 May 2020 | Stuart Todd

Trade organisation the Comité Interprofessionnel du Vin de Champagne (CIVC) has warned that Champagne sales this year are set to tumble, with around US$2bn expected to be lost in 2020.... read more

Louis Roederer acquires California's Merry Edwards Winery

26 February 2019 | Stuart Todd

Louis Roederer has announced the purchase of Merry Edwards Winery, in the Russian River Valley region of northern California.... read more

France's wine, spirits exports rise again in 2018 - figures

14 February 2019 | Stuart Todd

Exports of wine and spirits from France hit yet another high last year, according to figures released this week.... read more

Coca-Cola European Partners targets RTD tea growth in France with site expansion

12 November 2018 | Stuart Todd

Coca-Cola European Partners is investing EUR19m (US$21.5m) in a new bottling line at its production facility in Socx, in northern France.... read more

Heineken readies France production spend as Desperados demand grows

1 November 2018 | Stuart Todd

Heineken is to invest EUR28.9m (US$32.7m) on increasing the production capacity at one of its French facilities, as demand for its Desperados Tequila-flavoured beer continues to rise in the country.... read more

Shopping spree continues for Coca-Cola Co with Tropico buy in France

25 September 2018 | Stuart Todd

The French division of The Coca-Cola Co has acquired the Tropico still drinks producer, along with its namesake brand.... read more

France boosts H1 wine and spirits exports as US, UK lead growth

13 September 2018 | Stuart Todd

France's first-half wine and spirits exports increased 4% in value over the same period last year, new figures show. ... read more

PepsiCo opens talks with investment company over Tropicana site in France

12 September 2018 | Stuart Todd

PepsiCo has found a willing buyer for its Tropicana fruit juice production and bottling facility in France, with Munich-based investment holding company Navigator Capital lining up a move.... read more

Refresco takes French production investment to US$21m

24 July 2018 | Stuart Todd

Refresco will invest a further EUR6m (US$7m) at its plant in France's Massif Central region, as it looks to modernise the canned drinks production line. ... read more

Trade body plays down prospect of Provence rosé shortage

23 May 2018 | Stuart Todd

The trade organisation for France's Provence wine region has moved to calm concerns that there will a shortage of rosé from the region this year.... read more

Coca-Cola European Partners ups French focus with logistics spend

6 April 2018 | Stuart Todd

Coca-Cola European Partners has announced plans to invest almost EUR7m (US$8.6m) in a new logistics platform in the south of France.... read more

PepsiCo to cease production of Tropicana in France

5 April 2018 | Stuart Todd

Declining sales in France have prompted PepsiCo to line up the sale of the sole French plant for its Tropicana fruit juice brand.... read more

Expect Bordeaux wine price rises as volumes fall propped by reserves - CIVB

19 March 2018 | Stuart Todd

The Bordeaux wine trade will be obliged to make a significant dip into its stocks and reserves this year, the region's trade association has warned, in order to cushion the effect of the smallest harvest in 27 years.... read more

French authorities uncover massive AOC Côtes du Rhone wine fraud

16 March 2018 | Stuart Todd

An investigation has uncovered a scam on an industrial scale in France's Rhône Valley, involving a major regional bulk wine-maker and trader.... read more

French beer market growth prompts further Carlsberg spend on Brasseries Kronenbourg brewery

16 March 2018 | Stuart Todd

Carlsberg is readying a modernisation programme at its Kronenbourg brewery in France, three years after the group invested in adapting the site's operations to handle other SKUs.... read more

Heineken to spend US$25m on French production footprint

22 February 2018 | Stuart Todd

Heineken has confirmed plans to invest EUR20m (US$24.6m) at its three French breweries this year, a move that will lead to the creation of 50 jobs.... read more

French wine and spirits exports hit yet another high in 2017 - figures

21 February 2018 | Stuart Todd

Wine and spirits exports from France registered their third consecutive record year in 2017, according to data released last week.... read more

Cognac exports continue to new heights in 2017 - figures

18 January 2018 | Stuart Todd

Cognac shipments in 2017 reached record levels for the third consecutive year, in both volume and value terms, according to the figures released this week..... read more

Bordeaux wines contain three times fewer pesticides than in 2013 - research

3 January 2018 | Stuart Todd

Pesticide levels in wines from the French region of Bordeaux have decreased markedly, according to a recent study in the country.... read more

Champagne bottles to start using anti-fraud ‘smart’ foil

14 December 2017 | Stuart Todd

The Syndicat Général des Vignerons de la Champagne has signed an agreement with the French Customs authority for the adoption of anti-fraud ‘smart’ foil on the bottles of its members.... read more

Champagne hit by 5m-bottle recall

1 December 2017 | Stuart Todd

A bottling plant in France has had to call in 5m recently-made Champagne bottles after discovering a fault.... read more

France poised to update soft drinks tax

20 October 2017 | Stuart Todd

French MPs have voted in favour of the introduction of a revised version of the soft drinks tax in the country.... read more

Grands Chais de France ups German wine presence with Binderer St Ursula purchase

20 October 2017 | Stuart Todd

Les Grands Chais de France has lined up the acquisition of German wine producer Binderer St Ursula.... read more

Coca-Cola European Partners culls 128 positions in France

19 October 2017 | Stuart Todd

Coca-Cola European Partners has announced plans to shed 128 posts across its five bottling plants in France over the coming year.... read more

France records "historically low" wine harvest - figures

10 October 2017 | Stuart Todd

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

Danone expands production at Evian site in France

14 September 2017 | Stuart Todd

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

Coca-Cola European Partners appoints VP of corporate strategy

12 September 2017 | Stuart Todd

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

French wines, spirits exports jump in H1 2017 - figures

8 September 2017 | Stuart Todd

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.... read more

Vranken-Pommery Monopole ends rosé wine JV with Castel

31 July 2017 | Stuart Todd

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

Vignoble de la Voie d’Heracles invests US$17m in new production facilities

5 July 2017 | Stuart Todd

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.... read more

Strong sales prompt sizeable production spend from Eckes Granini in France

23 June 2017 | Stuart Todd

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

InVivo lines up Baarsma Wine Group purchase

23 May 2017 | Stuart Todd

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