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UBIFRANCE UK News - December 2012 - N°34

Amal Froidevaux - 18-déc.-2012 10:37:28
We have a partly new team in place, here at the Press Office of the French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE in London, with our new Editorial Assistant, Amal Froidevaux, who comes from Aix-en-Provence (in south-eastern France) and started with us in September, and our new Project Manager, Joanna Routaboul, who joined the department at the start of December. Joanna, who was previously based near Agen (in south-western France), replaces Pierre Mancini, who decided to leave London and return to Paris when he was offered a job in the cultural-services sector. Joanna has a strong background in sales and marketing, and will be an invaluable addition to the team so as to develop our activity into 2013 — something which is more important than ever in these challenging times. The September-to-December period is always a busy one at the Press Office of the French Trade Commission, here in London, if only because there are so many trade shows in September and October that are attended by French companies over the period. (from left to right: Amal Froidevaux, Joanna Routaboul, Philip Jolly and Katherine Woods) From 20 to 23 September, in London, 100% Design focused on French expertise and creativity in interior design. On 21 November, we had another event relating to design but, this time, it was the world of fashion, with the French Fashion Showroom, organised by our colleagues in the Consumer Goods Department at the French Trade Commission. On 20 September, for my part, I travelled down to Southampton to meet one of our clients at the Boat Show: West Riviera Yachting is a dry-port operator that runs a well-equipped facility in the port of Tréguier, in northern Brittany, and we did some PR for them ahead of the trade show, in the summer, as you may remember. Many British sailing enthusiasts find that congestion and high charges in ports along the south coast of England are an issue, and increasingly turn to mooring options on the Continent as a result — Brittany being an obvious choice, given the quality of the facilities on offer, their comparatively low cost, and the overall beauty of this maritime region of western France. Gas Tech was another important trade fair I went to (8 to 11 October), and there were many interesting French companies at the EXCEL exhibition centre, which are involved in the business and technology of transporting and processing natural gas. The picture would not be complete without some references to Food & Drink, and the Saatchi Gallery wine event at the end of October (26 and 27) springs to mind: we assisted CIV CORSE, the syndicate of Corsican winegrowers, who had a stand at the event, to better promote a range of original and high-end Corsican wines. The Saatchi event was interesting in that it combined a B-to-B dimension (aimed at trade professionals) with a B-to-C angle (intended to offer the general public an opportunity to discover new, quality wines). We have also had a successful press trip (3 and 4 December), organised on behalf of our client, NFI, the agency for the promotion of the northern city of Lille and its surrounding region. A joint British/German press delegation (including four British journalists) travelled over to Lille in order to learn more about current developments in biotechnology in northern France. The press trip combined field visits, meetings with industry executives and entrepreneurs, and a tour of the BioFIT event: BioFIT is an international partnering event of reference in the life-sciences sector, and it focuses on technology transfers and collaborative projects that have the potential to shape the biotech industry of the future. Last but not least, among the events we have recently helped to organise and publicise, the docking of the Etoile du Roy tall ship, first at Portsmouth, then St Katharine Docks in London, has generated a huge amount of media interest — from regional TV news (with a report on ITV Meridian) to the trade and national press (with an article in The Daily Telegraph). The object of this interest has been the pink onion of Brittany, since the replica of a Nelson-era warship was laden with Roscoff pink onions typical of Brittany and known for their subtle, sweet taste. The ship itself is well known to the British public: it was originally built for Hornblower, the British television series, first broadcast in the UK in the 1990s. The pink onion has a special place in Franco-British relations: in 1828, a producer from Saint-Pol-de-Léon, on the northern coast of Brittany, decided to cross the English Channel and sell his produce directly to the British consumer. Won over by the taste of the pink onion, the British welcomed the sellers that arrived each year and named them Johnnies, or Little Jeans, as Jean — or Yann, in its Breton version — is John in English. The Onion Johnnies used to walk (or cycle) from door to door with the plaited onions on their shoulders — hence the stereotypical image of the French onion (or garlic) seller, who sports a beret and rides a bicycle up and down the country… I am told some people in Britain still think that all (or most) Frenchmen dress in the way that the Onion Johnnies used to in the 1920s and 1930s: for the sake of accuracy, it should be stressed that this is a misconception. On 4 December, the ship reached St Katharine Docks, and it is due to set sail on 17 December to go back to France: as a result, many Londoners and others have had the opportunity to get on board and sample the pink onions on offer. On 10 December, a special event was organised, which went on from 4.00pm to 9.00pm: it gave trade professionals and members of the media the opportunity to sample some pink onions brought over by the Etoile du Roy. Mr Bernard Emié, French Ambassador to the UK, was guest of honour and made a speech. Together with a few journalists, I went for a drink in Dickens Inn afterwards — a nice way to round off the evening. As you will see from the wide range of stories we have covered in the past few months, we continue to offer something for everyone, from flooring material for sports facilities (with Gerflor, which won several contracts for the London Olympic Games) to laminated timber (with sector leader MATHIS, making inroads into the Persian Gulf), and from exciting food products from France’s overseas territories (on display at SIAL 2012) to airbag protective jackets for motorcyclists (as designed and developed by innovative company HELITE). Many more companies covered in this bulletin would deserve a mention, but you can discover them for yourself, such as QOOQ and its culinary tablet preloaded with 1,000 recipes or ALDEBARAN Robotics, a world leader in humanoid robots, the latest application of which is in the classroom across many schools in England. (No, you can’t order one that will do the hoovering and the rest of the housework for you yet, although I wouldn’t be surprised if such a model were available on the market before long!) The next issue of UBIFRANCE UK will come out in the latter part of February 2013. Till then, and if you can’t wait that long, do follow us on Twitter in real time ( https://twitter.com/   at @UBIFRANCE_UK). The French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE will be closed over the festive season, from 24 December to 1 January included. We wish you an enjoyable end-of-year break, a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Philip Jolly Manager — Press Office UBIFRANCE London, the French Trade Commission in the UK  Construction and Energy THETIS MRE keeps a-Brest in marine renewables THETIS MRE, the only annual convention devoted to marine renewable energy (MRE), will take place from 10 to 11 April 2013 in Brest (Brittany). The convention will provide an opportunity for the sector’s major international players to gather and exchange ideas about the marine-based energies of the future. http://www.thetis-emr.com MATHIS is glued to success in Qatar MATHIS, a European leader in glulam-timber construction, was chosen to supply the glulam elements of part of the new Doha International Airport, in the Qatari capital. The 80m x 25m structure, which has been completed, is the first glulam construction to be erected in Qatar. http://www.mathis.eu/?lang=en Gerflor’s Creation ushers in a new world in commercial spaces Gerflor, a flooring specialist, has launched Creation, which is a recyclable floor-covering range specially designed for commercial spaces. This product range is made up of luxury glue-down tiles and planks for areas that must withstand a large footfall. www.gerflor.com   Engineering and Transport CEDRAT TECHNOLOGIES’ mechatronic solutions strike the stroke CEDRAT TECHNOLOGIES develops cutting-edge mini-size actuators and piezoelectric motors with a range of scientific, industrial and medical applications. One of the company’s innovations is the Linear Stepping Piezo Actuator (LSPA) motor, a linear piezoelectric micromotor with nanoscale positioning and a long stroke. http://www.cedrat-technologies.com/ TECALEMIT FLEXIBLES’ hoses and tubes go organic TECALEMIT FLEXIBLES, a specialist in flexible hoses for industry, has launched the innovative BBIO Universal TECALEMIT® tube, which is made from plastics of 100% biological origin. The company unveiled the tube at the MIDEST trade show, which took place from 6 to 9 November 2012 in the Paris region. http://www.tecalemit.fr/ INEL’s Xsolo measures your residual stress from America to Europe INEL, a specialist in X-ray diffraction (XRD) equipment, is to release Xsolo, a portable residual-stress-measurement system, in late 2012. The company manufactures a range of XRD equipment, used in both public- and private-sector R&D centres, as well as in industry. INEL, which is present in the USA, is seeking distributors across Europe. www.inel.fr HELITE airbags the market for motorcycle protective jackets HELITE, an airbag-technology expert, launched its cutting-edge range of high-performance airbag protective jackets for motorcyclists at Motorcycle Live, which took place from 24 November to 2 December in Birmingham (UK). http://helite.com/ Lille region’s FUTUROTEXTILES lies in CETI  The Centre Européen des Textiles Innovants (or CETI, i.e. the European Centre for Innovative Textiles) opened on 10 October in the Lille region. The opening coincided with the start of the third FUTUROTEXTILES innovative-textiles exhibition. http://www.ceti.com/   Food and Drink Prince de Bretagne brings the Onion Johnnies back to Britain Prince de Bretagne, which produces and markets the Roscoff pink onion of Brittany, chartered the Etoile du Roy, a tall ship, to transport a cargo of onions from Brittany to London, via Portsmouth. On 10 December, an event held on the ship in London proved popular with the trade, the media and the general public. http://www.prince-de-bretagne.com/?language=en Corsican wines enrich London Experience at Saatchi Gallery CIVCORSE, the Corsican Wine Board, represented seven estates from the French island of Corsica at The London Experience, which took place at the Saatchi Gallery (London) from 26 to 27 October. All the producers are seeking partners and distributors in the UK and Ireland. Millésime Bio 2013 is organically yours at 20 Next year, Millésime Bio, the organic-wine trade show, will celebrate its 20th anniversary. From 28 to 30 January 2013, the trade fair will take place in Montpellier, which is at the heart of France’s leading region for organic winegrowing. The trade show is expected to attract 3,500 visitors. http://www.millesime-bio.com/ French overseas territories give SIAL 2012 that tropical feel There were 22 companies from France’s overseas territories at SIAL 2012, the international trade show for the food industry, held from 21 to 25 October at the Paris Nord Villepinte exhibition centre (near Paris). The Pavilion displayed products such as Rhum Agricole, coffee, fruit-based items and seafood from Guadeloupe, Martinique and Réunion Island. Nord-Pas-de-Calais features  Agroé at SIAL 2012 The Nord-Pas-de-Calais region hosted a pavilion at SIAL 2012. France’s leading region for agri-food exports focused on innovation and Agroé, its cluster of excellence within the sector. UNOWHY’s QOOQ speaks English in the kitchen UNOWHY has launched the English version of QOOQ, the first tablet computer that is made for the kitchen. The tablet is preloaded with 1,000 international multimedia recipes, ingredient fact sheets, and useful meal-planning tools to help gastronomy lovers in the kitchen. www.qooq.com   Health and Services Minasolve’s parabens substitute takes SCS Formulate by storm Minasolve, a specialist in the personal-care and pharmaceutical ingredients markets, exhibited its new ethyl hexyl glycerine — MinaCare Hexcine — at SCS Formulate, the trade show for the cosmetics industry, held from 13 to 14 November in Coventry (England). Minasolve is seeking a distributor in the UK. http://minasolve.com/ EcoVadis and CDP bring CSR to the supply chain EcoVadis and Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) have announced a partnership whereby the two companies offer an enhanced service to both EcoVadis and CDP Supply Chain’s customers. The partnership is founded on the companies’ expertise: CDP specialises in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, climate change and water, whereas EcoVadis covers all main CSR topics. http://www.ecovadis.com/website/l-en/home.aspx B.I.G. Talents hit the town in November Involving both a trade show and a business convention, B.I.G. Talents is the only business event of its kind in France that is devoted to biotech, IT and greentech (B.I.G.). The event took place from 14 to 15 November in Rouen (north-western France). http://www.big-talents.eu/ E-Commerce Paris 2012 goes from strength to strength — and to China The E-Commerce Paris trade show has reinforced its reputation as a crucial event for the e-commerce sector, with 500 exhibitors and 30,000 visitors in 2012. E-Commerce Paris 2012 ended on 20 September after three successful days focusing on changes in market trends and on innovation; a special conference session put the spotlight on China. http://www.ecommerceexpo.co.uk/ France is Brand Licensing Europe, from Asterix to Moulin Rouge® UBIFRANCE, the French export-support agency, was organising a pavilion at the Brand Licensing Europe trade show, held from 16 to 18 October in London (UK). The Pavilion, which was supported by the French Licensing Federation (F2D2), featured 10 licensing specialists who work with The Jim Henson Company, Moulin Rouge® and Asterix, among others. http://www.brandlicensing.eu/   IT and Robotics ALDEBARAN Robotics unleashes NAO on Warwickshire schools ALDEBARAN Robotics, a world leader in humanoid robotics, has equipped over 200 secondary schools worldwide with its NAO robot. In order to increase pupil interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), the company has introduced the humanoid robot into schools across Warwickshire (England). www.aldebaran-robotics.com/en Runware’s Runalyzer Sport Pack conquers the heart of MFi users Runware has launched the Runalyzer Sport Pack, which combines an iPhone-compatible heart-rate monitor, chest strap and armband. The designer of innovative smartphone accessories has been certified by Apple to design devices specifically made for iPhones, iPads and iPods (or MFi devices). http://www.runware.com/ Conscio Technologies meters clients’ security awareness with ISAM Conscio Technologies, a publisher of information-security solutions, has joined forces with Hapsis, a Sensitive Security Information (SSI) specialist, to create the Information Security Awareness Meter (ISAM). The ISAM analyses the information-security culture of a company before providing a detailed action plan for improving security. http://www.conscio-technologies.com/   For further information, please contact : UBIFRANCE Press Office in London Tel: +44 (0) 207 024 3640 contact.ftpb@ubifrance.fr    

Corsican wines provide The London Experience at the Saatchi Gallery

Pierre Mancini - 16-oct.-2012 13:40:42
CIVCORSE, the Corsican Wine Board, will represent seven estates from the French island of Corsica at The London Experience, which will take place at the Saatchi Gallery (in central London) from 26 to 27 October 2012. A wide range of organic and biodynamic wines will be available, and all the producers are seeking partners and distributors in the UK and Ireland. Guillaume Rodet, International Development Manager for CIVCORSE in the UK and Ireland, explains, “The UK, together with the Republic of Ireland, is a priority market for Corsican producers, who know that the unique flavour and insular authenticity of their products appeal to British and Irish professionals and consumers alike. Although Corsican wines are already widely distributed through trade channels and in up-scale restaurants in the UK, the producers are very excited to have the opportunity to display their wines to visitors at The London Experience.” The wines to be displayed on Table 10 at The London Experience from 26 to 27 October will be from seven Corsican estates — Clos Canarelli, Clos Culombu, Domaine Cordoliani, Domaine Santini, Domaine Sant’Armettu, Domaine De Tanella and Domaine Vico. Corsica’s wines are mainly made from indigenous Corsican grape varieties, i.e. Nielluccio, Sciaccarello and Vermentino. The wines that will be presented at The London Experience are all produced by independent winegrowers from different areas of Corsica. The local viticulture not only benefits from the diverse geography of the island — including the mountains, valleys and plains that are all exposed to the Mediterranean sun — but also from the rich diversity of Corsica’s soil. There is shale in the east, granite in the west, alluvial sediment in the middle, and limestone outcrops in the north a nd south of the island. The London Experience, which will be held at the Saatchi Gallery, the prestigious venue situated near Sloane Square (in the heart of London), is being organised by Bettane+Dessauve in partnership with the French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE in London. There will be 80 French wine producers at the event, and the organisers are expecting 4,000 visitors. Visitors will include amateur wine lovers, trade professionals, wine critics, and media representatives from the UK and the Republic of Ireland. The wine event will also feature a wide range of master classes (including The Pomerol Genius), along with wine-education workshops on various subjects (such as a comparison of different wine-growing regions, or an insight into the wine-making process). Corsican wines are already available in the UK through a number of importers, resellers, agents and restaurateurs. Their details are listed below. •H2VIN imports wines from Clos Canarelli, Domaine Cordoliani and Domaine Sant’Armettu. www.h2vin.co.uk •Caves De Pyrénes imports wine from the Clos Culombu estate. www.lescaves.co.uk •Cigalon Provençal Restaurant & Grill stocks wines from Clos Venturi and Domaine Santini. www.cigalon.co.uk •Wine Story imports wines from the Domaine de Tanella domain. www.winestory.co.uk About Bettane+Desseauve For seven years, Bettane+Desseauve, a company founded by wine critics Michel Bettane and Thierry Desseauve, has organised Le Grand Tasting in Paris (France), which has become an annual wine event of reference that attracts approximately 13,000 visitors. The company now organises Le Grand Tasting Hong Kong within the Hong Kong International Wine & Spirits Fair, as well as Le Grand Day of Indulgence in Hong Kong, where exclusive tastings take place. About CIVCORSE CIVCORSE, which stands for Conseil Interprofessionnel des Vins de Corse, i.e. the Inter-Professional Wine Board for the region of Corsica, is headquartered in Bastia (in the north of Corsica) and was set up in 1996. CIVCORSE represents and promotes a range of wines produced across the French island-region of Corsica; seven of them will be displayed on Table 10, at The London Experience. The wine event will take place at the Saatchi Gallery, in central London (UK), from 26 to 27 October 2012. Doors will be open from 10.00am to 8.00pm (strictly reserved to trade professionals until 3.00pm) on Friday 26 October. On Saturday 27 October, The London Experience will be open from 10.00am to 6.00pm. Journalists who wish to attend the event should contact Katherine Woods, Press Officer at the French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE in the UK. For further information about The London Experience, please go to: http://www.londonwinexperience.com/index.php?page=accueil For further information about CIVCORSE, please go to: www.vinsdecorse.com

Corsican wines reveal Secrets from Corsica

Marie-Alienor GOILLANDEAU - 04-oct.-2011 16:27:16
Corsican wines from a range of estates will be present at the Secrets from Corsica wine-tasting event at Baranis, Provençal Food & Wine, (in central London) on 17 October 2011. There will be the opportunity to enjoy unique wines from producers including Domaine Cordoliani, Domaine Santini, Domaine Culombu, Domaine Sant’Armettu, Domaine de Tanella and Domaine Canarelli.   CIVCORSE, the Corsican wine board, and its representative in Britain, Guillaume Rodet, will host a Corsican wine-tasting event for journalists and trade professionals. It will be held on 17 October at Baranis, Provençal Food & Wine (in London) from 11am to 5pm.   Corsica has a considerably diverse range of natural and geological sites. This, coupled with the use of modern technical solutions and ancient traditions and expertise, has underscored the unique character of Corsican wines. Corsica also hosts a significant variety of soil types across its hillside vineyards, along with a fantastic jigsaw puzzle of mesoclimates. Both of these factors determine the profiles of the fine wines produced.   Thanks to powerful reds, characterful rosés, renowned muscats, and white wines that are some of the finest from the Mediterranean region, Corsica has taken its place amongst the producers of the world’s greatest wines.   Corsican wine producers’ use of fine local-grape varieties provides a welcome relief from the identical varieties that are used all over the world. The island’s grape varieties include Niellucciu, Sciaccarellu and Vermentinu.   Niellucciu is the dominant grape variety of the Patriminio region of northern Corsica. Although “Niellu” in Corsica’s local dialect means black, dark or hard, Niellucciu can produce very fine and elegant rosés.   The granitic region of western Corsica is home to Sciaccarellu, the main grape variety of this region. This grape produces wines that have a peppery bouquet of wild flowers, red fruit, spices and smoky wood.   The Vermentinu grape generates wines that are amongst the best whites from the Mediterranean area. Alcohol levels are quite high in these wines, and so there is a good depth and volume on the palate.   Corsica is situated 300 kilometres off the southern coast of France on the same latitude as Rome and Barcelona. Its climate is tempered, with hot, dry summers and mild winters. The local winds, which are varied, act as thermal regulators and ventilators for the island’s vineyards. This limits the need for fungal-disease treatments, which is particularly favourable to the balance and quality of the grapes.   About CIVCORSE   CIVCORSE, (Conseil Interprofessionnel des Vins de Corse), the Inter-Professional Wine Board for the region of Corsica, is headquartered in Bastia (in the north of Corsica) and was set up in 1996. CIVCORSE represents and promotes a range of wines produced across the French island-region of Corsica.   At the start of 2011, CIVCORSE opened an office in London (UK), which is run by Guillaume Rodet, Guillaume is the main contact for the Corsican wine tasting, Secrets from Corsica.   Secrets from Corsica will take place from 11am to 5pm on Monday 17 October at Baranis, Provençal Food & Wine, 115 Chancery Lane, London. Those from the trade and the media who wish to attend the wine tasting should email Guillaume Rodet (guillaume@vinsdecorse.com).   For further information about Baranis, Provençal Food & Wine, please go to: www.baranis.co.uk   For further information about CIVCORSE, please go to: www.vinsdecorse.com

Corsican wines’ insular beauty to conquer VINEXPO

Pauline Bogacz - 16-mai-2011 15:31:05
As part of the Corsican Pavilion, Corsican wines from seven estates — Clos Canarelli, Clos Culombu, Clos Santini, Domaine Cordoliani, Domaine de Tanella, Domaine Sant’Armettu, and Domaine Vico/Clos Venturi—will be showcased at the VINEXPO trade show in Bordeaux (in south-western France) between 19 and 23 June 2011.  CIVCORSE, the Corsican wine board, and its representative in Britain, Guillaume Rodet, will be in charge of the Corsican Pavilion at VINEXPO, Europe’s leading wine-industry trade fair, to be held in Bordeaux from 19 to 23 June of this year.   Agents, importers, distributors, journalists, editors, and wine writers from the UK and Northern Europe will be able to taste Corsican wines for themselves during VINEXPO, and will be welcomed warmly on the Corsican Pavilion.   After the wine tasting, and in the purest Corsican tradition, lunch will be served on the stand: a free-range calf will be spit-roasted whole over a wood fire, using wood from wild olive trees native to Corsica. The food will be prepared and cooked by three chefs, two of whom are Michelin- star-rated.    “Combined with local soil conditions, the grapes that make Corsican wine contribute towards a unique output with a Mediterranean flavour, which is the true reflection of the character of Corsica, known in French as the Ile de Beauté,” explains Guillaume Rodet.   Corsican wines are unique andoriginal, and they include remarkable rosés, legendary Muscats, delicious white wines, and powerful reds which mature well, all made according to the principles of traditional agriculture, with many estates practising organic farming.   The seven Corsican winegrowers showcased at VINEXPO have been offering a wide range of quality wines for many years, always striving to meet high standards while combining modernity, quality and tradition. Today, Corsica ranks among the great winegrowing regions, thanks to the originality and style of its wines.    The estates that will be showcased at VINEXPO are listed below. More detailed data on each domaine is available on request.  Clos Canarelli  Clos Canarelli’s vineyards receive excellent exposure to the sun and, in addition, frequent winds and mountain updrafts further improve the quality of the wine. These conditions enable Yves Canarelli, who runs the domain, to produce a range of wines of quality and distinction at his estate in Figari. His passion for the local soil, his  meticulous approach and his ongoing research into Corsican  grapes, biodynamic cultivation and indigenous yeast all help his  estate create high-quality, original wines.    Clos Culombu The Clos Culombu vineyard, which was founded in 1973 by Paul Suzzoni, takes up 60 hectares. In 1986, Etienne Suzzoni, Paul’s brother, took over the management of the estate. The vines, which enjoy due south exposure between the 2,000-metre Monte Grosso and the Gulf of Calvi, are cultivated according to traditional methods — neither chemical fertilisers nor weed-killers are used. Typical Corsican grape varieties (Niellucciu, Sciaccarellu and Vermentinu) are grown, alongside Mediterranean-type grape varieties (Grenache, Syrah and Cinsault), which round off the rosé’s composition. For further information, please go to: http://www.closculombu.fr/      Clos Santini The Dominici and Santini families combined their respective estates when intermarriages brought them together. The vineyard is located in an exceptional environment, between sea and mountains, at the foot of the Cap Corse, in the St Florent Gulf. The mountainous terrain and the sea are strong thermal regulators, which make an optimal maturation of the grapes possible. The marine spin drift protects the vines from diseases. This exceptional terroir generates memorable and high-quality wines. The vines grow on the hillsides and are located in the area of the Patrimonio Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée (AOC), on chalky, clayey, shaly and siliceous soils.   Domaine Cordoliani Since it was set up in 2003, Domaine Cordoliani has opted for a form of viticulture that respects the natural environment: soils are ploughed and vines are grown without the use of herbicides, chemical fertilizers or pesticides, and every task is undertaken manually. The estate covers about 12 hectares, most of it cultivated in Niellucciu, Carignan and Muscat. The Muscat du Cap Corse is a rare and delicate wine: the yields are very small, resulting in highly concentrated grapes. The Patrimonio AOC and its Niellucciu variety produce powerful and generous reds, together with fruity rosés. For further information, please go to:  http://www.domaine-cordoliani.com/   Domaine de Tanella The Domaine de Tanella, which is situated in the district of Porto Vecchio, covers 57 hectares. The vines were planted in a single plot in 1965, and combine three typically Corsican grape varieties — Sciaccarellu, Niellucciu, and Vermentinu. The soil is granitic, clayey and stony, and benefits from the proximity of the sea (which is only 3km away) as well as from the presence of the river Canella — two factors that contribute towards the draining of the land. Jean-Baptiste de Peretti della Rocca, the owner of the estate, expresses his love for the Corsican terroir through his wines, on the back of a long family tradition: indeed, the domaine was acquired by his forebears in 1855…  For further information, please go to:  http://domaine-tanella.com/     Domaine Sant’Armettu Planted on granitic terraces of coarse sand, the vines of Domaine Sant’Armettu flourish on the hillsides of south Corsica, overlooking the gulf of Propriano and the bay of Tizzano.  This area of enchanting beauty produces fruity wines with a floral aroma, made from traditional Corsican grape varieties. The vineyard was started about 50 years ago. Since 1996, Gilles Seroin has been running the estate. He follows the principles of a responsible viticulture, which bans the use of insecticides, weed-killers and chemical fertilisers, while keeping the use of sulphur dioxide to an absolute minimum. All working methods respect the principles of a reasoned agriculture, from ploughing to harvesting, which ensures that the terroir and the vines can truly express their unique identity. For further information, please go to:  http://www.santarmettu.com/   Domaine Vico/Clos Venturi  This vineyard was planted by Jean Vico in 1902. In a pioneering move, he took the innovative but risky decision to plant vines on high ground, beyond the boundaries of traditional vine planting in Corsica. François Acquaviva, Jean Marc Venturi, and Manu Venturi — two businessmen and an oenologist — took over the domaine in 1990 and completely restructured it. Having introduced agriculture raisonnée (i.e. sustainable agriculture) to the island of Corsica, the owners of the domain aim to produce modern-style wines that are nevertheless in line with local traditions, out of what is the highest vineyard in Corsica. For further information, please go to:  http://www.domainevico.com/   About CIVCORSE CIVCORSE, i.e. CIV-Corse (where CIV stands for Conseil Interprofessionnel des Vins), the Inter-Professional Wine Board for the region of Corsica, is headquartered in Bastia (in the north of Corsica) and was set up in 1996. CIVCORSE represents and promotes a range of wines produced across the French island-region of Corsica.   At the start of 2011, CIVCORSE opened an office in London (UK), which is run by Guillaume Rodet, who will be on the Corsican Pavilion at the VINEXPO trade show. VINEXPO is held every year in Bordeaux (in south-western France) and is the leading wine-industry trade fair in Europe.    Visitors from the trade and the media will be able to enjoy a wine-tasting session on the Corsican Pavilion, which will be followed by a traditional Corsican-style lunch: a free-range calf will be spit-roasted whole over a wild-olive-tree wood fire, prepared and cooked by three chefs, two of whom are Michelin-star-rated.    For further information or to get a VINEXPO invitation card, please contact Guillaume Rodet in the London office of CIV CORSE, or the Press Office of the French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE in the UK.   For further information about VINEXPO, please go to:  http://www.vinexpo.com/en/   For further information about CIVCORSE, please go to:  www.vinsdecorse.com Contact details: Mr Guillaume Rodet CIVCORSE representative in the United Kingdom Telephone (direct line): (00) 44-(0)207-024-3627 Email: guillaume@vinsdecorse.com

Ubifrance UK News - April 2011 - N°26

Pauline Bogacz - 18-avr.-2011 18:32:46
We have been very busy at the Press Office of the French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE in London since the February edition of this bimonthly newsletter, as the list of press releases dealt with by the Press Bureau’s team illustrates (see below), with the topics covered ranging from residential rentals and holiday homes to fashion and interior design, and from counter-terrorism and the IT sector to port development and fine wines, among many other areas of interest involving French know-how and technology.    We have continued to issue press releases (and press packs) on behalf of our ongoing clients, more particularly Wallix, a specialist in IT security that is fast expanding into the British and US markets; Ports of Normandy Authority (PNA), which owns and runs the ports of Caen-Ouistreham and Cherbourg, and is keen to develop closer ties with Portsmouth and other southern English ports; and CIVCORSE, which represents Corsican wine growers and promotes Corsica’s quality wines on export markets.    There were many B2B events and trade shows that involved the French Trade Commission in London between late February and now. As in previous years, Ecobuild, the trade show devoted to environmentally friendly construction and sustainable building (1 to 3 March), was a success for the French participants.    French interior design was centre stage on 15 March with the one-day French Design Forum held at Chandos House, in the heart of London. Two days later (17 March), fine wines were in the spotlight, with a wine tasting that took place in, of course, Le Cercle, the well-known restaurant situated near Sloane Square, in central London.    For the third consecutive year, the French Trade Commission, in partnership with Association Cercle Rive Droite, the syndicate of winegrowers from the north bank of the River Gironde in south-western France, organised the Cercle Rive Droite, Bordeaux en primeur event.   For the owners of the châteaux, this was an opportunity to present their wines to British professionals — buyers, importers, restaurant owners, consultants and wine writers — who were given an exclusive insight into the 2010 millésime. A total of 30 wines were on display, put forward by 14 winegrowing estates.     The general view which is emerging, from what I have heard, is that the 2010 harvest has resulted in a very interesting vintage; some commentators predict a very good millésime, to be revealed in due course and after some ageing of the liquid in the cellars of the Bordeaux region… I can confirm that Mary-Ann Williams, press officer, has been on the case, doing her best to test as many of the fine wines in question as she could on the day. I, myself, never fail to support France’s winegrowing sector through determined and sustained personal effort, A.K.A. drinking.   On 7 April, it was the turn of Champagnes de Vignerons to be celebrated: the independent winegrowing sector, in the Champagne region of eastern France, has a wide range of authentic and quality products to offer.    The French Trade Commission may celebrate the country’s wines, but it cannot ignore its food products either: on 24 March, a French Speciality Food day was organised by our colleagues in the Food & Drink Department. I was intrigued by the output of one exhibitor, TRADITION GASCONNE, which makes a range of delicious terrines, pâtés and confits, all produced in south-western France.    The lady who runs the company was able to offer pâtés made out of exotic meats, including snails: she admitted that, in order to make one small pot of the delicacy, she has to slaughter rather a large volume of the molluscs. She assured me that they are all bred for the purpose of being canned — hence fatter than your average, wild snail — which is a comforting thought. They are not known to squeal or complain about their fate anyway — and they can’t do a runner either, when the end is in sight, which is handy. Not so with the ostriches, I suppose, since ostrich pâté was also on offer, as I found out. Both tasted fantastically good, which reminded me of the Chinese proverb to the effect that, ‘If it has four legs, eat it — except tables and chairs.’ (Apologies to vegetarians: if they have not fainted yet, they may continue reading.)   There also was a French pavilion at the Natural & Organic Products trade show on 4 April, which covers not only food products, for that matter. I do not know whether organic snail (or ostrich) pâté was on display or not, however.   All the same, French expertise should not be reduced to fine eating and drinking, important as they may be: we have had two key trade shows in the field of transport and logistics. Ocean Business, in Southampton (5 to 7 April), focused on maritime transport and technology, while Multimodal, in Birmingham (same dates), also covered other segments of the transport and logistical industries, including haulage.    On 7 April, I could have chosen to stay in London in order to sample some of those remarkable vigneron champagnes. Alternatively, I could have travelled down to the coast for Ocean Business, in Southampton. I am proud to say that, instead, I decided to head for Birmingham and go to Multimodal. Indeed, it is a very interesting trade fair, easily accessible by train from London, and one does not even need to go into Birmingham to reach the trade show — sadly, or not, as the case may be.    We have more fun and games in the pipeline, including the French Pavilion at Counter Terror Expo (19 to 20 April) — a growth industry these days, as we all know. In the high-tech field, still, there will be French Pavilions at Infosecurity (19 to 21 April) and Internet World (10 to 12 May), and we are assisting our colleagues at the French Trade Commission with the promotion of these events.    I hope you will enjoy reading the April issue of UBIFRANCE UK News. The next issue of our bulletin will come out in mid-June, before the summer break.    Philip Jolly Manager — Press Office Mission Economique UBIFRANCE, the French Trade Commission in London Commerce and Services Maileva leaps from snail mail to hi-tech hybrid mail Maileva, the leading hybrid-mail solution in France, was launched in the UK in March, and it promises to change the way UK-based businesses send and manage their office mail. Maileva is a comprehensive and integrated hybrid-mail solution that enables business users to send post directly from their PC. http://www.maileva.co.uk/   ALTAVIA’s retail solutions take EUROSHOP by storm ALTAVIA is a leading European partner for retailers. ALTAVIA showcased its solutions at the EUROSHOP trade fair, which took place in Düsseldorf (Germany) from 26 February to 2 March 2011. http://www.altavia-group.com   MPV 2012 woos EUROSHOP attendees Marketing at Retail (MPV), the biennial trade show dedicated to marketing solutions for the retail sector, had a stand at the EUROSHOP trade fair. http://www.mpv-paris.com   Cegid’s retail solution takes up vertical software challenge at EUROSHOP Cegid, a provider of enterprise and vertical software solutions, showcased its products for the first time at the EUROSHOP trade show. http://www.cegid.com/retail/   ATC property rentals branch out into reforestation ATC is a property-development company that provides a wide range of residential rentals, holiday homes and hotels throughout Europe. The company pledges to plant one tree for every booking made, which means that its customers are in a position to contribute towards the reforestation of the planet. http://www.atc-c.com   France’s arbitration reform seduces foreign lawyers International law firms find France a choice market. More particularly, international arbitration in France has proved, over the years, advantageous and cost-effective, and the reform introduced in January 2011 by the French government is set to improve the framework further. http://www.invest-in-france.org         Design and Construction French Fashion Day puts a contract on clothing expertise On 20 April, in partnership with the Association for the Promotion of Clothing Manufacturers in Western France (APHO), the French Trade Commission held a French Fashion Day at Le Méridien Piccadilly Hotel for 10 well-established contract clothing manufacturers. http://www.ubifrance.com/uk/   French Design Forum puts Gallic crafts in the limelight The French Trade Commission, in partnership with Rabih Hage, the architect and interior designer, presented 15 bespoke craftsmen from France at the Design Forum — a unique event held in central London on 15 March. http://www.ubifrance.com/uk/   Marbrerie Rouillon’s success is set in marble at French Design Forum Marbrerie Rouillon took part in the French Design Forum. The event was organised by the French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE in the UK. The company specialises in high-end interior design and construction involving stone, marble and granite. http://www.marbrerie-rouillon.com   ERCUIS & RAYNAUD is the jewel in the crown at French Design Forum ERCUIS & RAYNAUD took part in the French Design Forum on 15 March. The company specialises in tableware (silversmith items and porcelain) as well as jewellery. http://www.raynaud.fr   NOVIDIS carves out leading position in architectural mouldings NOVIDIS, a specialist in architectural mouldings and artworks, took part in the French Design Forum, on 15 March. http://www.novidis.com   Kerneos buttresses European Coatings Show with dry-mix mortar Kerneos, a provider of chemicals for use in construction, has announced the launch of TERNAL ® EV and TERNAL® RG-S, which will provide dry-mix mortar manufacturers with two new technical solutions. Kerneos showcased these innovations at the European Coatings Show in Nuremberg (Germany) in late March. http://www.kerneos.com   Engineering and Security French IT know-how secures pride of place at Infosecurity The French Trade Commission will present nine innovative French companies on the French Pavilion at the Infosecurity trade show, which will take place in London from 19 to 21 April. http://www.ubifrance.com/uk/   French players do their bit at Counter Terror The French Trade Commission will unveil the French Pavilion at the Counter Terror Expo, to be held from 19 to 20 April in London. Counter Terror Expo is the largest international event focusing on counter-terrorism and specialist security. http://www.ubifrance.com/uk/ Kermel ensures that police and military are stretched Kermel, a manufacturer of protective clothing, has developed Stretch Kermel® to meet the needs of military and police personnel. This textile base provides the right balance between comfort, safety and aesthetics, while offering a high level of technical performance. http://www.kermel.com   Laselec goes to the aluminium wire with laser marking process Laselec has developed a marking process specially designed for aluminium wire. Produced at the request of international aerospace group Airbus, this patented process involves pre-marking spots with laser. http://www.laselec.com     Food and Drink REUNIPECHE sets sail for Reunion on European Seafood REUNIPECHE, a company specialising in the fishing, carving and distribution of large pelagic fish caught in the vicinity of Reunion Island (in the Indian Ocean), will take part in the European Seafood Exhibition trade show in Brussels (Belgium) from 3 to 5 May. http://www.euroseafood.com/   French Speciality Food Day is all of that The French Trade Commission invited members of the press to meet French producers of selected speciality foods on 24 March at the Royal Garden Hotel, in Kensington (central London). http://www.ubifrance.com/uk   Corsican wines spice up Speciality French Foods Corsican wines from seven estates — Clos Canarelli, Clos Culombu, Clos Santini, Domaine Cordoliani, Domaine de Tanella, Domaine Sant’Armettu, and Domaine Vico/Clos Venturi — accompanied  the  French Speciality Food Day organised in London by the French Trade Commission. http://www.vinsdecorse.com   Champagnes de Vignerons in bubbly mood upon return to London Following on the success of the 2010 event, Les Champagnes de Vignerons, the trade body that represents champagne producers and co-operatives of growers in that region, presented its members’ know-how and production at an exclusive B2B event held in central London on 7 April. http://www.champagnesdevignerons.com   Cercle Rive Droite gives full marks to 2010 Bordeaux vintage The French Trade Commission presented Cercle Rive Droite, Bordeaux en primeur, an event featuring châteaux from the Bordeaux Right Bank, on 17 March in central London. The event gave trade professionals and journalists the opportunity to taste the 2010 vintage. http://www.cerclerivedroite.com   INNOVIN’s WineFair 2011 acquires a taste for 3D On the strength of the success enjoyed by its first event, in 2010, INNOVIN is holding its second 3D online international trade fair devoted to wines and spirits on www.winefair.com , between 14 and 18 March. http://www.winefair.com   Millésime Bio 2011 grows organically by almost 20% The 18th Millésime Bio organic-wine trade show, which was organised by the AIVB-LR (Languedoc-Roussillon Organic-Wine Trade Association), was successfully held in Montpellier (in southern France) from 24 to 26 January. http://www.millesime-bio.com       IT & Telecommunications French hi-tech has four pavilions to itself at CeBIT UBIFRANCE, the French government agency for international business development, was in charge of four pavilions hosting 30 French companies in the ICT field at CeBIT, in Hanover (Germany), between 1 and 5 March. http://cebit2011.ubifrance-events.com/   EfficientiP sets up shop in the UK EfficientiP, a leader on the DDI market (DNS/DHCP/IPAM, IP-address and DNS & DHCP services management), has announced the opening of two new offices, in the UK and Germany respectively. The decision follows on the successful opening of an office in Spain in 2009. http://www.efficientip.com   Wallix’s WAB 2.2 reinforces the AdminBastion WAB 2.2, the latest version of the Wallix AdminBastion (WAB) software suite, developed by Wallix, has been unveiled: it brings to IT-security managers a comprehensive solution for access management and the traceability of operations carried out on information systems. http://www.wallix.com   CLICDATA’s is an INFINIS business-intelligence software solution INFINIS is a business-intelligence software solution that has been released by CLICDATA, which allows users to analyse data and to easily create dashboards independently of IT-support departments. http://www.clicdata.com   BetAdvisor’s sports predictions liven up your iPhone BetAdvisor is the first European platform for the distribution of sports predictions, and the service is now available as an iPhone application. http://www.betadvisor.com   Kapsys unveils smartphone navigation tool for visually impaired Following the success of the first-ever entirely voice-driven GPS navigators, developed by Kapsy, the company has released a smartphone-based navigation solution specifically intended for the visually impaired, which was unveiled at the Mobile World Congress, in Barcelona (Spain), in mid-February. http://www.kapsys.com   CARTES in North America goes to Vegas in 2012 CARTES & IDentification, the global event for digital security and smart technology, has announced the launch of a new event — CARTES in North America — which will take place from 5 to 7 March 2012 in Las Vegas (USA). http://www.cartes-northamerica.com Logistics and packaging French logistics expertise proves it is Multimodal The French Trade Commission organised the French Pavilion at the Multimodal trade show, for the second consecutive year. Multimodal, the industry’s key event for transport and logistics, was held at the NEC in Birmingham from 5 to 7 April. http://www.ubifrance.com/uk/   PNA and Portsmouth meet up in Caen Ports of Normandy Authority (PNA), the body owning the ports of Caen-Ouistreham and Cherbourg, intends to work more closely with Portsmouth (in the south of England). PNA’s managers welcomed their English counterparts, who came to Caen on 26 January. http://www.pna-ports.fr/   Saint-Omer sits in England’s backyard at Multimodal Saint-Omer Développement, the regional development agency for St-Omer, in northern France, took part in Multimodal 2011, between 5 and 7 April. St-Omer has the potential to become a key logistical hub for southern England. http://www.saintomerdeveloppement.org   French technology makes a splash at Ocean Business The French Trade Commission showcased the best of French ocean technology at Ocean Business 2011. Ocean Business, which is held every two years at the National Oceanography Centre in Southampton, took place from 5 to 7 April. http://www.ubifrance.com/uk/   GEPPIA packs the best of French at INTERPACK GEPPIA, the French Partnership for Processing & Packaging Equipment Manufacturers, will be taking part in the INTERPACK trade show in Düsseldorf (Germany) from 12 to 15 May. http://www.geppia.com   Serac is ready to Roll N Blow at INTERPACK Serac, a manufacturer of filling and capping machines, will be taking part in the INTERPACK trade fair in May, where it will showcase French start-up Agami’s Roll N Blow thermoforming machine. http://www.serac-group.com   SOLUTRANS 2011 roars ahead from Lyons to the future SOLUTRANS, the international transport-solutions trade event, will take place from 29 November to 3 December 2011 at the Parc des Expositions EUROEXPO exhibition centre, in Lyons. SOLUTRANS covers all areas of haulage. http://www.solutrans.fr   SITL 2011 supplies the right combination for key logistics players SITL Logistics Solutions 2011, the trade show for products and services dedicated to procurement, distribution and the supply chain, took place from 29 to 31 March at the Parc des Expositions, in Paris (France). http://www.sitl.eu                                     

Corsican wines spice up Speciality French Foods on 24 March

Justine Fulla - 14-mars-2011 17:06:52
  Corsican wines from seven estates — Clos Canarelli, Clos Culombu, Clos Santini, Domaine Cordoliani, Domaine de Tanella, Domaine Sant’Armettu, and Domaine Vico/Clos Venturi— will accompany the  French Speciality Food Day organised in central London by the French Trade Commission on 24 March 2011. Participants will have the opportunity to sample these unique wines from the French island-region of Corsica at the Royal Garden Hotel in Kensington.    The French Trade Commission is delighted to invite members of the press to meet French producers of selected speciality foods on 24 March 2011 at the Royal Garden Hotel, in Kensington (central London). This will also give attendees the opportunity to taste quality wines from seven domains in Corsica (see details below).    The French Speciality Food Day will start at 9.30am with a conference on the British market for speciality and fine foods, including the market for French foods. The conference will be followed by a lunch/tasting at 12.30pm, which will be attended by French producers as well as British importers, retailers and buyers.  CIVCORSE, the Corsican wine board, and its representative in Britain, Guillaume Rodet, have great pleasure in being part of this event, which puts French food specialities in the spotlight. Corsican wine will accompany the tasting and the buffet, and attendees will be able to appreciate insular grape varieties that are found nowhere else — Niellucciu, Sciaccarellu and Vermentinu.    “Combined with local soil conditions, the grapes contribute towards a unique output with a Mediterranean flavour, which is the true reflection of the character of Corsica, known in French as the Ile de Beauté,” explains Guillaume Rodet.   Corsican wines are unique and original, and they include remarkable rosés, legendary Muscats, delicious white wines, and powerful reds which mature well, all made according to the principles of traditional agriculture and/or those of organic farming.    The seven Corsican winegrowers providing the wine for this event have been offering a wide range of quality wines for many years, always striving to meet high standards combining modernity, quality and tradition. Today, Corsica ranks among the great winegrowing regions, thanks to the originality and style of its wines.    The UK is a priority market for Corsican producers, who know that the unique flavour and insular authenticity of their products appeal to British professionals and consumers alike.    Clos Canarelli    Clos Canarelli’s vineyards receive excellent exposure to the sun and, in addition, frequent winds and mountain updrafts further improve the quality of the wine. These conditions enable Yves Canarelli, who runs the domain, to produce a range of wines of quality and distinction at his estate in Figari. His passion for the local soil, his  meticulous approach and his ongoing research into Corsican  grapes, biodynamic cultivation and indigenous yeast all help his  estate create high-quality, original wines.     Clos Culombu   The Clos Culombu vineyard, which was founded in 1973 by Paul Suzzoni, takes up 60 hectares. In 1986, Etienne Suzzoni, Paul’s brother, took over the management of the estate. The vines, which enjoy due south exposure between the 2,000-metre Monte Grosso and the Gulf of Calvi, are cultivated according to traditional methods — neither chemical fertilisers nor weed-killers are used. Typical Corsican grape varieties (Niellucciu, Sciaccarellu and Vermentinu) are grown, alongside Mediterranean-type grape varieties (Grenache, Syrah and Cinsault), which round off the rosé’s composition. Clos Santini   The Dominici and Santini families combined their respective estates when intermarriages brought them together. The vineyard is located in an exceptional environment, between sea and mountains, at the foot of the Cap Corse, in the St Florent Gulf. The mountainous terrain and the sea are strong thermal regulators, which make an optimal maturation of the grapes possible. The marine spin drift protects the vines from diseases. This exceptional terroir generates memorable and high-quality wines. The vines grow on the hillsides and are located in the area of the Patrimonio Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée (AOC), on chalky, clayey, shaly and siliceous soils.   Domaine Cordoliani   Since it was set up in 2003, Domaine Cordoliani has opted for a form of viticulture that respects the natural environment: soils are ploughed and vines are grown without the use of herbicides, chemical fertilisers or pesticides, and every task is undertaken manually. The estate covers about 12 hectares, most of it cultivated in Niellucciu, Carignan and Muscat. The Muscat du Cap Corse is a rare and delicate wine: the yields are very small, resulting in highly concentrated grapes. The Patrimonio AOC and its Niellucciu variety produce powerful and generous reds, together with fruity rosés.   Domaine de Tanella   The Domaine de Tanella, which is situated in the district of Porto Vecchio, covers 57 hectares. The vines were planted in a single plot in 1965, and combine three typically Corsican grape varieties — Sciaccarellu, Niellucciu, and Vermentinu. The soil is granitic, clayey and stony, and benefits from the proximity of the sea (which is only 3km away) as well as from the presence of the river Canella — two factors that contribute towards the draining of the land. Jean-Baptiste de Peretti della Rocca, the owner of the estate, expresses his love for the Corsican terroir through his wines, on the back of a long family tradition: indeed, the domaine was acquired by his forebears in 1855…   Domaine Sant’Armettu Planted on granitic terraces of coarse sand, the vines of Domaine Sant’Armettu flourish on the hillsides of south Corsica, overlooking the gulf of Propriano and the bay of Tizzano.  This area of enchanting beauty produces fruity wines with a floral aroma, made from traditional Corsican grape varieties. The vineyard was started about 50 years ago. Since 1996, Gilles Seroin has been running the estate. He follows the principles of a responsible viticulture, which bans the use of insecticides, weed-killers and chemical fertilisers, while keeping the use of sulphur dioxide to an absolute minimum. All working methods respect the principles of a reasoned agriculture, from ploughing to harvesting, which ensures that the terroir and the vines can truly express their unique identity.   Domaine Vico/Clos Venturi    This vineyard was planted by Jean Vico in 1902. In a pioneering move, he took the innovative but risky decision to plant vines on high ground, beyond the boundaries of traditional vine planting in Corsica. François Acquaviva, Jean Marc Venturi, and Manu Venturi — two businessmen and an oenologist — took over the domaine in 1990 and completely restructured it. Having introduced agriculture raisonnée (i.e. sustainable agriculture) to the island of Corsica, the owners of the domaine aim to produce modern-style wines that are nevertheless in line with local traditions, out of what is the highest vineyard in Corsica. About the French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE    The French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE in London helps French-based companies do business and get better known in the UK; it is part of France’s export-support framework.   The French Trade Commission invites members of the press to meet French producers of selected speciality foods on 24 March 2011 at the Royal Garden Hotel, in Kensington (central London).  The French Speciality Food Day will start at 9.30am with a conference. The conference will be followed by a lunch/tasting at 12.30pm.   Journalists wishing to attend will require a formal invitation. Invitations are restricted to a limited number. Please contact Ms Mary-Ann Williams, Press Officer on telephone number 0207 024 3640 (press office) and, by email, on mary-ann.williams@ubifrance.fr       About CIVCORSE   CIVCORSE, i.e. CIV-Corse (where CIV stands for Conseil Interprofessionnel des Vins), the Inter-Professional Wine Board for the region of Corsica, is headquartered in Bastia (in the north of Corsica) and was set up in 1996. CIVCORSE represents and promotes a range of wines produced across the French island-region of Corsica.  At the start of 2011, CIVCORSE opened an office in London (UK), which is run by Guillaume Rodet, who will be attending the 24 March 2011 event.  For further information about CIVCORSE, please go to:  www.vinsdecorse.com
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