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Live Oak Bank is excited to announce a new lending division offering financing to the Wine and Craft Beverages industry. After extensive industry research, Live Oak assembled a team of lenders and industry experts to address the need for financing to wineries, vineyards, breweries, distilleries and ancillary businesses in this space. Live Oak can provide funding for acquisitions, successions, partner buy-ins/outs, expansions, operating capital, refinances, loan payoffs and real estate.
San Jose, CA, January 8, 2015 —Vines OS, the all-in-one eCommerce solution exclusively for wineries, announces a breakthrough for boutique wineries that have an existing website created with WordPress or other website building software. Wineries can now quickly and easily add secure eCommerce, wine club management and event ticketing to an existing WordPress or other CMS website. The new integration is easy to launch and can begin generating sales in as little as a week. It’s a quick, powerful and inexpensive option for all wineries. Vines OS leverages the content wineries already have in place, easily adding the ability to increase online, event and tasting room sales. Alternatively, Vines OS can redesign any or all of an existing site using their 13 years of custom design experience to build a beautiful new site, with everything needed to run an online storefront.
Bespoke Capital Partners announced it has made an investment in Nomacorc, LLC, the world’s leading manufacturer of synthetic wine closures. Bespoke partnered with the Founder and Chairman of Nomacorc, Marc Noël, to recapitalize the business and buy out Summit Partners resulting in the partnership owning the entirety of the Company. Mr. Noël is currently the Chairman of Noël Group, a global leader in the transformation of synthetic materials. This investment provides the foundation and resources for Nomacorc to build upon its global leadership position. It will accelerate its industry-leading efforts in research and development for closures and oxygen management solutions to drive global growth as well as help the Company capitalize on the large long-term opportunity to consolidate certain attractive segments of the global wine supply industry. As such, Bespoke tailored its investment in a unique and thoughtful manner to allow for a longer-term hold.
FRESNO, CA – January 6, 2015 – Gusmer Enterprises, Inc. announced its exclusive distribution agreement with Renaissance Yeast Inc. for its full line of specialty hydrogen sulfide-preventing wine and cider yeasts in the U.S. and Canadian markets.
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, measurement unit conversions, how to apply nitrogen for de-oxygenation or de-carbonization, how much liquid carbon dioxide or dry ice to use 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 to purify the air in your cellar and barrel rooms of microbes and bacteria. rutherfordrental.com/airocide 
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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, 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

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