MARKETING/DESIGN/CONSUMER TRENDS/INSPIRATIONS Cognac & Brandy News for Consumers & Industry Experts
On Friday 13th May 2011, the Armenian news media has reported that an underground plant in Russia was producing fake cognac from tap water and dangerous ethanol.
The Russian Police shut down this plant that produced fake alcohol, stated the international Russian news agency RIA Novosti. According to the agency, low-quality fake alcohol beverages were sold as expensive famous brands of alcohol.
The illegal production was managed by an Armenia employing under poor sanitary conditions 17 people from Uzbekistan. These people were mixing alcohol with tap water producing fake wine, Armenian Brandy and whiskey, but also French cognac.
In 2008, the BNIC (Bureau National Interprofessionnel du Cognac) was at the center of a similar situation where they uncovered that there were a significant amounts of fake cognac circulating in Vietnam. At this time, thousands of bottles were confiscated.
In China this is a problem that has been pandemic for many years. However, in June 2010, the cognac was the first foreign product that was added to the Chinese geographical identification product list. This government resolution is protecting the cognac and at terms the volume of fake cognacs will decrease significantly.