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The new Halo pH meter by Hanna Instruments is equipped with Bluetooth technology to work anywhere in the field. The Halo transmits measurement data directly to an iPad (third generation or newer) running the Hanna Lab App. The app is a free application that turns the iPad into a pH meter when used with the Hanna Halo. Functions include calibration, measurement, continuous data logging, graphing and data sharing. Measurement and logging of pH and temperature at one-second intervals start as soon as the probe is connected. Measurements can be displayed with tabulated data or as a graph. hannainst.com
IPAK Wine announced it is now importing cement tanks from the Italian manufacturer Nico Velo. The company has been making tanks for the past six decades with high-quality cement from Italy and Greece. One of the company’s most popular tank shapes is the “Tulipe” that resembles a closed tulip flower. The tanks are available in various sizes and can be made for red wine fermentation with a sloped bottom and manway or for white wine featuring a rounded floor and bottom drain port. ipakwine.com 
Oenobrands released Oenotools 3.0 an updated version of its winemaking app for iPhone and Android devices. The updated app offers tools on determining the proper amount for additions, sulfur additions, measurement unit conversions, how to apply nitrogen for deoxygenation or decarbonization, how much liquid carbon dioxide or dry ice to cool harvested grapes, acidity adjustments and new features including a function to determine tank volume and calculate refrigeration needs for every step of the winemaking process. The company claims more than 10,000 winemakers in more than 60 countries are using the app, which is available in English, French, Spanish, Italian and German. oenobrands.com
Rutherford Equipment Rental announced it’s now offering Airocide, air purification systems for rent. The Airocide units use a proprietary “catalytic oxidation” process to destroy organic matter, purifying the air in your cellar and barrel room of microbes and bacteria. rutherfordrental.com/airocide 
12/19/14
The Wine Craft app enables winemakers and lab technicians to keep track of winery activities from pre-harvest to bottling. The app can be used to log analysis results and other key data as it occurs with automatic calculations to make winemaking decisions easier. Analysis includes lab tests for pH, TA, free and total sulfur dioxide, VA, YAN and alcohol. The app also features work orders for transfers and additions, plus vineyard event data tracking, grape maturity tracking and crush pad record keeping for tons, Brix and gallons. winecraftapp.com
Napa Valley-based WineDirect is offering five new services to help its clients sell wine direct to consumer. The services include automated package reroutes, free rescheduling of deliveries via the UPS “My Choice” program, expedited delivery to Southern California, delivery alerts via text (SMS) messages and “advanced shipment visibility” to alert winery customers with branded emails about the status of their wine shipments. winedirect.com
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 

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