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NAPA, Calif., March 11, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- According to a recent market research study on wine closures conducted by Tragon Corporation, 93 percent of U.S. wine consumers associate natural cork with higher quality wines, while only 11 percent of U.S. wine consumers believe wines sealed with a screw cap to be of high quality. Similar results were found in both Germany and Australia. In Germany, 93 percent of wine drinkers and 85 percent in Australia associate natural cork with higher quality wines. Participants in both the U.S. and Germany went even a step further to indicate that natural cork is a positive influence on their purchase decisions whereas screw caps and synthetic closures can deter a purchase.
ClearWater Tech designed its new C1 mobile disinfection cart specifically for the wine and beer industries, making it easy to use for barrel, tank and surface disinfection. Ozone rate and concentration can be adjusted for the intended use. The C1 can also produce ozone gas. Details: cwtozone.com. 
The mobile farm-management app iCropTrak announced the release of its updated 4.1 system featuring improvements based on customer feedback. Some of the new features include work order status annotations and map sketch, among others. The new “action items” feature enables users to specify on a map the location of rocks causing a field obstruction. Details: icroptrak.com.
ITW Muller introduced its new GW-4100 40-inch robotic pallet wrapper. The new machine offers twice the speed, throughput and battery life of the standard GW-400. The larger unit offers speeds of up to 60 loads per hour and comes standard with a telescoping mast to accommodate loads up to 110-inches high. Users can select from 20 wrap patterns for the bottom and top of the load. Details: itwmuller.com.
With the new anti-counterfeit system by Selinko, each bottle of wine is fitted with a near field communication (NFC) chip to prevent counterfeiting. A smartphone scanning app is used to authenticate the bottle as well as confirm its provenance through shipping and retail channels. The company has also developed a means to certify online sales with the use of a unique digital certificate that can be checked online by the consumer before purchase. Details: selinko.com.
Sonoco ThermoSafe added a new line of temperature-controlled shipping products specifically for use in the wine and beverage industries. The wine shipping containers can fit two or six 750ml bottles and will keep their temperatures below 77°F for up to five days. Details: thermosafe.com.
TCW Equipment in Santa Rosa, Calif., is now offering pneumatic membrane presses from the Slovenian company L-Inox for the 2014 harvest. The presses are available in a variety of sizes and can be equipped with optional features such as a compressor for filling the membrane without in-house compressed air, 3-inch TC axial valve, touch-screen controller, hopper for dumping, leg extensions for pressing into bins and others. Details: tcwequipment.com.
BRENTWOOD, Tenn. (March 12, 2014) – Tractor Supply Company and the National FFA Foundation recently announced the results of their second annual Growing Scholars program. From February 14-23, Tractor Supply customers across the country donated $447,671, an increase of more than 20 percent from 2013 donations. This year’s donations will result in 334 scholarships awarded to FFA members in their pursuit of a college degree.
CLEVELAND, Ohio — MARCH 10, 2014) Eight pressure-sensitive industry suppliers were recognized by Avery Dennison Materials Group (NYSE:AVY) during the company’s inaugural supplier recognition ceremony held in Cleveland, Ohio. Winners were selected based on their performance in areas such as sustainability, innovation, service, overall value and quality.
Vistaar Technologies, Inc., a leading provider of price management solutions, today announced that Republic National Distributing Company (RNDC) has selected the company’s Distributor Price Management (DPM) Solution to optimize beverage alcohol pricing throughout its organization. RNDC is the second largest distributor of premium wine and spirits in the U.S., operating in 20 states.
Petaluma, California, March 6, 2014 -- Scott Labs is proud to announce that it will be joining the efforts of the Napa Valley Tour de Cure cycling event in the fight against diabetes. With numerous Scott Lab employees and customers already being avid cyclists, this was the perfect opportunity to team up and make a positive impact on the lives of those affected by diabetes.
Norfolk, Nebraska, USA, March 5, 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.
Cooperages 1912 announced it is expanding the World Cooperage Profile Series to include barrels toasted with custom infrared technology. The company will offer two new infrared toast profiles: Aroma and Reflection. The Aroma toast offers a full spectrum of oak aromatics to accent fruit characteristics and boost richness in the mid palate, while the Reflection toast lifts and enhances fruit flavors with mild oak flavors and aromas, according to product information. David Llordrá, World Cooperage’s research and development director, said that “the infrared profiles are extremely precise, offer clean favors and explore new combinations of aromas and flavors not previously available to winemakers.” Details: cooperages1912.com.


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