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Rémy Cointreau

The French spirits group was created in 1990 by a merger of the two companies Rémy Martin (Cognac) and Cointreau (liqueur). Rémy Martin was founded by the wine grower in 1724. In 1924 the company was taken over by André Renaud, who founded the today's glory. Cointreau was founded in 1849 by the brothers Adolphe and Edouard -Jean Cointreau in Angers (Maine-et-Loire) and 1875 invented the famous liqueur from the bowls of bitter oranges. Maximilian Cointreau, who joined the firm in the 1950s, married one of André Renaud's two daughters, which led to the family relationship between the later merged companies. In 1965 André Rénaud died and left the house to his daughters. Their spouses André Heriard-Dubreuil and Maximilien Cointreau have for many years fiercely fought over supremacy, which almost led to ruin. Only the final merger with Cointreau in 1990 ended this argument.

In 1989, the liqueur brand Galliano (2006 again sold) and the rum brand Mount Gay, as well as the 2000 liquor brand Bols (2006 again sold) and the Greek brand of brandy Metaxa accepted. In 2009, the company withdrew from the sales joint venture Maxxium, which joined in 1999, and began to focus on its core brands Rémy Martin and Cointreau. The still acquired by Rémy Martin champagne houses Charles Heidsieck (1985) and Piper-Heidsieck (1988) were sold in 2011 by 400 million euros to EPI (see below Heidsieck ). The company Rémy Cointreau owns the two brands Rémy Martin and Cointreau as well as the brands Bruichladdich (Scotch Whiskey), Metaxa (brandy), Passoa (liqueur), Mount Gay (rum) and Saint Rémy (brandy). In total, around 1,000 employees work worldwide. Together with Underberg the sales company Diversa GmbH was founded in Germany.

Rémy Martin is produced on four sites. The base wines for the cognac come from 150 hectares of its own, as well as more than 2,000 contract growers with a total of 8,000 hectares of vineyards in the cognac areas Grande Champagne and Petite Champagne. Half of the Cognac varieties are wines from the Grande Champagne region, so all the bottles bear the name "Fine Champagne". The barrels are made from the Limousin area in its own cooperage. The range includes the brands "Club", the "XO" with a maturity of several decades, "Extra Perfection" and "Louis XIII". Some of the brands will be in similar to the Bocksbeutel Bottled. More than 20 million bottles are produced each year, or 15% of the cognac market worldwide. Of these, 95% are exported to 165 countries. In China is there the joint venture project Dynasty Winery,

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