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Militant group targets Bonfils

(First appeared in La Journée Vinicole edition number 203, 19 November 2009)

One of Languedoc-Roussillon’s largest and long established shipping companies, Bonfils, was reportedly the target of underground wine militants, CRAV, at the beginning of November.

Bottling plants in Servian and Mèze, in the Hérault department, were seriously damaged in the attacks.

But despite the reported attempts of militants’, gas bottles failed to explode in Mèze, thereby averting a potential catastrophe on the nearby motorway.

Bonfils issued a statement in which it reiterated its commitment to the regional wine industry and selling quality wines.

“Bonfils’ primary objective is to offer consumers worldwide premium quality wines from the region at the best possible prices,” it said.

Bonfils bought premium Languedoc shipping Maurel Vedeau in 2006, through which it buys both wines and grapes from local co-operatives and individual growers.

It claims to be “deeply saddened” by the attacks and baffled as to their motivations.



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