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ST. HELENA, CA, February 5, 2014 – WineCountry.com and CellarPass have announced a strategic link-share agreement allowing the premiere online travel destination site for Napa Valley wine-lovers to link seamlessly to the wine industry’s most-popular reservation and ticketing platform. Now visitors to the WineCountry.com website and users of its mobile app can book tastings and touring experiences 24/7 without ever having to leave the site.
Gusmer Enterprises is offering three free informational sessions presented around Process Filtration and Microbial Quality Assurance at Bottling.
Following a successful initial campaign in 2013, Tractor Supply Company announced the second annual Growing Scholars program in partnership with the National FFA Foundation. Last year, Tractor Supply customers donated $362,324, resulting in 284 scholarships awarded to FFA members in their pursuit of a college degree.
MP Global Products, a manufacturer of environmentally preferable products, announced a new name for its thermal products division. The division previously known as ThermoPod Packaging Products is now known as MP Global Thermal Packaging Products. The change is in name only. The foam-free packaging – super insulated mailers and corrugated-box liners made from select, purified and flocked recycled enhanced cotton fibers – features the same specifications, testing, and certifications and delivers the same exemplary performance. The products are carefully engineered to protect shipments of all manner of temperature-sensitive payloads, ranging from fine foods and wine to medical, veterinary, pharma, and cosmetics.
Norfolk, Nebraska, USA, February 4, 2014 – MP Global Thermal Packaging Products Thermal Envelopes and Box Liners offer online storefronts an ideal way to deliver temperature sensitive payloads to mail order customers, demonstrating commitment to the environment and helping customers uphold their commitment, as well.
G3 Label Division announced that it has earned the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Chain of Custody certification from Scientific Certification Systems, one of the world’s leading FSC certifiers and one of FSC’s founding members. FSC provides third-party certification confirming that materials sold as Forest Stewardship Council certified are harvested from well-managed forest operations.
Janson Capsules, a key player in the wine, spirits and packaging industry, announces the launch of local production of its screw cap brand, JC Twist, in the USA, at its Alabama production facility. Thanks to new, state of the art equipment, Janson Capsules will have the ability to decorate screw caps with both embossing and hot stamping. This will allow a range of smaller production runs with very sophisticated designs, up to larger runs, with various options.
Nomacorc, the leading producer of alternative wine bottle closures, is the first to create a plant-based closure, Select® Bio, using Braskem’s I’m greenTM Polyethylene. Green PE is made from sugarcane ethanol, a 100 percent renewable material. Its major advantage is the fact that it is made from raw materials derived from renewable resources, which helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions. I’m greenTM Polyethylene not only removes CO2 from the atmosphere due to its renewable feedstock but also contributes to reducing the use of fossil fuel. For each ton produced, “green” polyethylene sequestrates more than 2.0 tons of CO2, a significant gain compared to traditional polyethylene*.
After 17 years of working together - with no warning or reason given - M. Paquito Barbier, President of Tonnellerie Cadus, has chosen to end the contractual association with Vincent Bouchard in North America, indicating that this change in direction would take effect as of February 1, 2014. Interestingly, the change comes on the heels of a 42% increase in North America for Cadus comparing 2011 to 2013 revenues.
JMB Web Consulting announced the release of CellarCart, a WordPress-based system designed to provide a low-cost, e-commerce solution for small wineries through the Wine and the Web product line. The system is designed to offer simple services for companies “just getting their feet wet with online ecommerce.” CellarCart is hosted at a WordPress specific company Winehosters, which provides database services, nightly back-ups and automatic updates for security and stability. Details: wineandtheweb.com
Tonnellerie Leroi will represent the Vinification Intégral system in North America, which has proven itself over the past decade in France.
Seguin Moreau Napa Cooperage today announced that it has completed the acquisition of Fine Northern Oak, a specialized American oak alternatives company with more than a decade of experience in sourcing top-quality fine grain white oak and designing products for targeted extraction rates.
Atlas Copco Compressors released three new ranges of oxygen and nitrogen generators. The company added a new membrane nitrogen generator that incorporates a bundle of polymer fibers that acts as a membrane to separate compressed air to produce enriched nitrogen as well as a pressure swing adsorption nitrogen generator, which produces 99.999% pure nitrogen at flows of up to 1,200 standard cubic feet per minute. A new line of pressure swing adsorption oxygen generators use zeolite pellets that act as the adsorbent agent producing 90-95% pure oxygen at flows of up to 7,000 standard cubic feet per hour. Details: atlascopco.com
Calling it the “world’s most advanced cork closure to last more than 30 years,” Diam unveiled its Diam 30 closure for the North American market at the recent Unified Wine and Grape Symposium in Sacramento, Calif. The closure is designed for wines made for extended bottle aging and features one of the lowest oxygen permeability rates on the market. “The Diam 30 is perfect for the luxury wine market to safeguard wine throughout the aging process and to assure a consistent aging process,” said Mihailo Panovich, vice president of sales for G3 Enterprises, which imports Diam products to the United States. Details: diam-closures.com
Rehrig Pacific Co., a manufacturer of reusable transport packaging containers for beer, wine, spirits and other products, announced the launch of its new keg recycling program for wine and beer. The Pubkeg program enables wineries and breweries to ship full kegs and Rehrig handles tracking the kegs for return and recycling. The 1/6 barrel PET kegs are designed to fit the U.S. Sankey valve systems and weigh 49 pounds when full. Details: pubkeg.com


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