On the 20th December, the Bureau National Interprofessional Cognac (BNIC) held its general meeting.
One of the big things to come from this is the integration of the BNIC with the cognac management body – the ODG. Whilst they are now working together, the ODG retains its autonomy over certain aspects, such as the specification for production yields.
The BNIC is in the process of quite a restructure. Following the succession of Catherine Le Page earlier in the year as Director, taking over from Alain Phillipe, they also need to renew a couple of executives. Azim Alam has retired and Jerome Durand has resigned, although he is quick to point out that this is a voluntary departure and that there is no dispute.
Madame Le Page is looking towards the long term future of the BNIC, and is already thinking about changes over the next five years. There will be some alterations, new opportunities and possible environmental issues to be looked at. So watch this space!