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RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. (Dec. 16, 2014) – Bayer CropScience announced the consolidation of the Ballad Plus® and Sonata® fungicide brands into a single brand: Sonata fungicide. The patent-protected Sonata product is based on a unique strain of Bacillus pumilus (QST 2808), which offers fungicidal protection to fruit crops such as pome, grape and tomato as well as broadacre crops such as corn, soy and wheat.
Petaluma, CA (December 1, 2014) – Oenofrance, the premier French enological laboratory network, developer, and producer of winemaking biotechnology, announced the creation of Oenofrance USA, LLC, its new subsidiary in California.
York, Pa. – Dec. 16, 2014 – Westfalia Technologies, Inc., a leading provider of logistics solutions for manufacturers, warehouses and distribution centers since 1992, announces its inclusion on the 2014 FL100+ list. In its 11th year, Food Logistics’ FL100 award recognizes software and technology providers that hold influential roles in the global food and beverage supply chain. Their products benefit the industry in multiple ways, from reducing food waste and extending shelf life, to facilitating safe and sanitary transportation of product while assuring regulatory compliance.
The vineyard spray amendment Vini-Set is a plant growth regulator compound designed to improve berry size and fruit set. Berry set can be improved during bloom with a treatment of 8 to 12 fluid ounces per 100 GPA. To improve berry size, the compound should be applied 14 - 21 days after berry shatter. Details: agrian.com
The new stakvat tanks by Ausvat are 900-liter, stainless steel tanks designed for storing and aging wine. The tanks can be stacked vertically four high to provide more wine storage on less square feet. Each tank also features two doors that can be equipped with food-grade membranes with different rates of oxygen permeability to provide varying ranges of maturity time. Each tank also is equipped with interior tubing for temperature control. Details: ausvat.com
Douglas Machine’s Vantra IM is a compact, intermittent motion cartoner with the flexibility to setup, load, and close cartons and trays at speeds of up to 55 per minute within a single platform. The Vantra IM can be integrated with various in-feed options to handle cans, bottles, bags, flat-flow wrapped product, and more, including applications requiring multiple manipulations. Details: douglas-machine.com 
Griffco Valve Inc., introduced its leak-free Unibody valve for use in chemical-feed, metering, and dosing pump systems. Available as a back-pressure valve and two-port pressure relief valve, the Unibody features single-piece construction with union connections machined together with the valve body to form a solid piece of material. Designed for hard-to-seal or troublesome pumping systems, the new Unibody valve is available in PVC and CPVC construction in sizes from ½” – 1” (DN 15 – DN 25). Details: griffcovalve.com 
Guala Closures Group released a new range of liners with different levels of oxygen permeability rates developed through a partnership with French manufacturer MGJ. The two companies collaborated for the past two years to develop the Oenoseal line that includes: Oenoseal ONYX, with an aluminum layer to ensure maximum impermeability to oxygen and designed for delicate white wines and aromatic rosés; Oenoseal IVORY, which is meant for white, rosé and re d wines that require a low, but regular, supply of oxygen (nano-oxygenation) and Oenoseal CORAL designed for white, rosé and red wines which require a more significant supply of oxygen and enables the avoidance of reduction problems for wines with high tannin levels. Details: gualaclosures.com
Concrete tank manufacturer Sonoma Cast Stone unveiled its new line of 320-gallon, concrete amphora designed for aging and storing wine. The company reports red and white wines can benefit from the slow oxidation, natural insulation and addition of subtle mineral characteristics provided by concrete. The tanks are available in different colors of concrete including an optional second color and can also be adorned with a winery logo. Details: concretewinetanks.com 
Verallia, the global leader in glass manufacturing headquartered in Europe, announces the creation of SGP Packaging, a US-based division for North American customers. The new division represents the entire Saint-Gobain-Verallia global lines of glass packaging and services offering brand new options for distinctive bottles and jars.
Napa, CA (December 9, 2014) - In an effort to help its winery customers build direct-to-consumer sales and drive repeat business, WineDirect has introduced five innovative new services.
John Bacigalupi is the first California grape grower to use an ozone generator to reduce pesticide use in fighting vineyard pests. “You are taking something as old as the earth and reapplying it,” so says 2nd generation Russian River Valley grape grower, Bacigalupi. Bacigalupi Vineyards is well known because of its place in history as a major contributor of chardonnay grapes to the 1976 Paris Tasting winning chardonnay. But searching for sustainable farming methods trump fame when it comes to standards in the Bacigalupi Vineyard.
As a result of the worldwide success of the free winemaking calculation application OenotoolsTM Oenobrands has now released a new version that is even more comprehensive, fast and easy to use, while still free of charge. More than 10,000 winemakers (and growing) in over 60 countries are now using this application, which was recently awarded an innovation prize.
Catalyst Manufacturing, a new supplier based in Seattle, Wash., unveiled its first line of small-volume tanks designed for wine and beer making. The new IntelliTanks are made with high-quality and high-density polyethylene and 304 grade stainless steel and come in either six- or fifteen-gallon capacity. The tanks are fitted to work with Tri-Clover sanitary fittings and other stainless steel accessories such as a “ported spout” that is shaped like a “T.” The spout can be attached to an inert gas tank on one end and a topping spigot on the other to turn the tank into a topping wine tank that can be moved throughout a barrel room or a keg system in the tasting room. Details: catalyst-manufacturing.com


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