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Flame Engineering reports its flamers are now approved for the use in organic farming. The Red Dragon GP-Series of flame units for vineyard and orchard use are designed for “berm flaming” and can be used as an effective method of weed control or to control pest pressure by conducting a complete winter burn down to remove insect habitat. Details: flameengineering.com 
Mercier’s newest barrel is the Affinity, which is made with staves of tight grain French oak that are air seasoned for 24 months and formed with a special water bending process. The cooper says the combination of tight grain and a specific toast helps extract smoother tannins that respect the fruit and its “elegance” as well as accentuate freshness, minerality and fat. The barrels are available in 225, 228, 300 and 500 liter capacities. Details: tonnellerie-mercier.com
RALEIGH, N.C., Oct. 7, 2014 – Mims Distributing Company, a wholesale beverage distributor in North Carolina, has announced that it is adding wine to its portfolio and expanding its distribution reach to include all of North Carolina. The company will grow its distribution area from its current nine counties to the entire state for its wine division and select craft beers.
In collaboration with DSM Food Specialties, Oenobrands created the liquid mannoprotein Final Touch Pop to improve the organoleptic qualities, freshness, balance and the bubbles of sparkling wines. Based on three years of tests in Italy, Oenobrands reports the product can increase aromatic intensity and suppleness as soon as it’s added to a wine and the wine will retain these improved qualities over time. Final Touch Pop can be added after the second fermentation right before bottling in the Charmat method or in the dosage of liquer in the traditional production process of sparkling wine. Details: oenobrands.com 
Pellenc unveiled its new Optimum harvester that features the next generation of its on-board optical sorting system, the Selectiv’ Process 2, which the company claims can bring in 99.8% clean grapes. According to Pellenc, the new Optimum is the most compact and lightest harvester tractor on the market and can make 95° turns making switching from one row to another easier and faster. An improved engine and better load sensing technology has reduced fuel consumption by 40%. “The new Pellenc Optimum is a concentration of technological innovations combining performance, quality and cost effectiveness without compromise,” said Jacques Servoles, Pellenc’s department director. “From this point of view, it will bring viticulture into a new era.” Details: pellenc.com
UPM Raflatac launched a new portfolio of label stocks for the craft beverage market. The stocks are designed for beer, wine, liquor and even non-alcoholic beverages, such as energy drinks, flavored waters and specialty sodas. Label designers have access to new textured, colored and metallized papers as well as ultra-clear and white films to create eye-catching, informative labels that help entice consumers into making a purchase. The new label stocks also feature adhesives tailored to increase automated packaging and offer exceptional wet strength on bottles and cans. Details: upmraflatac.com
Düsseldorf, October 2014. Due to improved collection and recycling in various European countries the average aluminium closures recycling rate is now at 45 percent. Aluminium recycling saves up to 95% energy use compared to its primary production, with the corresponding savings in greenhouse gas emissions. It can be recycled over and over without any loss of quality.
October 3, 2014. Wittlich, Germany and Walnut Creek, CA – Today Bernd Clemens, managing director of Clemens GmbH and Marty Fischer, CEO of AgroThermal Systems jointly announced that Clemens and its network of dealers in the EU will be distributing and servicing AgroThermal Systems equipment throughout Europe and the Middle East starting immediately. Clemens began designing equipment for AgroThermal Systems earlier this year and will be supplying AgroThermal in other markets outside of the EU and Middle East. Machine availability is planned for the Northern Hemisphere 2015 season.
In the presence of Senator Lois Wolk and Mayor Harry Price, as well as other dignitaries, Guala Closures Group officially opened its first production plant in the USA.
Norfolk, Nebraska, USA, October 1, 2014 – Thermal Packaging Products introduces Chilled Wine Shipper, a temperature control shipping carton made with eco preferable insulated padding and materials. The cushioning carton liner features ultra-insulating padding made from select, purified recycled biodegradable super absorbent cotton enhanced textile fibers sandwiched between an inner layer and an outer layer of poly film sealed on all sides. The inner surface of the poly film is perforated to allow condensation from the refrigerant to wick away and be absorbed into the cotton fibers, protecting your bottle labels. The poly film contains an additive that promotes biodegradation in greater than one year as tested by ASTM 5511.
Robert Biale Vineyards, known as a leading producer of the American heritage varieties - Zinandel and Petite Sirah - has announced that Springboard Wine Marketing based in Novato, will be representing Biale wines statewide in California.
BRENTWOOD, Tenn. (Sept. 30, 2014) – After a record-breaking 4-H Paper Clover campaign in the spring, Tractor Supply Company, in partnership with National 4-H Council, is hosting another Paper Clover campaign in October.
ADAMA announced its non-fumigant nematicide received federal registration from the Environmental Protection Agency. According to the manufacturer, the active ingredient in Nimitz, makes it easier to apply but required a new chemical classification. The nematicide has no re-entry intervals, does not require certified applicator training and only minimal personal protective equipment is needed for the applicator. “Nimitz is the nematicide that growers have been waiting for,” said Herb Young ADAMA brand manager. “It is highly effective in controlling plant-parasitic nematodes. It also has a ‘caution’ signal word, which has never existed until now for a chemical nematicide.” Details: adama.com


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