A unanimous decision by all at the BNIC is that there will be no replacement of Bernard Guionnet until the next elections in October.  The sad death of Mr Guionnet in April leaves Philippe Coste, Vice-President, sitting in the interim period.


Tuesday 24 May saw the first BNIC press conference since his death, where Mr Coste announced that they expect to see a 3% sales increase for the next four years and 2% in the fifth.  These levels are considered reasonable, especially with the challenging weather currently being faced.

When speaking about Bernard Guionnet, Mr Coste emotionally said that the unanimous decision not to replace him was a mark of respect towards the tremendous work and man that he was.  They must carry on the great work of unifying and harmonising the industry.

The BNIC also reaffirmed its willingness to oppose the proposed liberalization of planting rights.

Sources: http://www.charentelibre.fr, www.sudouest.fr

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Jacki has been with Cognac Expert from virtually the beginning. She's the senior editor of the blog, and has spent much of her life living in rural France. Today she's based back in the UK, where she splits her working life between writing for Cognac Expert and working as a Paramedic at a large regional hospital.

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