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Votto Vines Importing — dubbed one of America’s Most Promising Companies by Forbes, nominated for Wine Enthusiast’s Innovator of the Year Wine Star Award in 2014, and one of America’s Fastest Growing Companies per the 2014 INC. 500 list (#464) — has landed on the 2015 INC. 500/5000 list (#593) for the second consecutive year posting three-year growth of 778%. Votto Vines, one of the few wine importing companies ever to earn placement on the Inc. 500/5000 list, marks a new milestone by achieving this honor two years in a row.
Napa—Renowned Spanish winery Adegas Galegas has entered into an exclusive national importation and distribution agreement with Curious Cork Imports, a Napa and Denver based importer and sales and marketing company that has grown to distribution in 15 states and Western Canada within just 18 months. Says Curious Cork CEO Peter Baedeker, “We couldn’t be prouder of the new partnership with Adegas Galegas. The team produces world-class wines that truly represent the future of winemaking in Galicia. At Curious Cork, we’re seeing a growing Spanish wine market in the U.S. with significant upward potential, and our partnerships in Spain purposefully represent the face of the next generation of Spanish wineries and families.”
ACME AtronOmatic updated its MyRadar Weather Radar app to feature “meteorologist insights” in which the company’s full-time meteorologists illustrate specific, localized weather patterns directly within the app. An Apple watch MyRadar app is also now available. The app provides quick glances and instant views of the radar around the user's immediate area, as well as current conditions and in-depth forecast for the user's current location. 
ContiTech has introduced what it is calling is the food and beverage industries’ only full lineup of hoses engineered with the antimicrobial control surface Microban. The wash down and transfer hoses are designed to provide constant antimicrobial protection, keep hoses cleaner between use and prevent damage from bacteria, mold and mildew. 
FlavorActiV released a wine faults recognition kit that is designed to help people identify volatile acidity, reduced sulfur, cork taint and Brettanomyces flaws in wine. FlavorActiV developed the kit with Marcia Waters MW as a training tool for professionals in winemaking, the trade or hospitality. “I only wish I had it when I was a new buyer, and when I was studying,” Waters said. 
Polymer flooring manufacturer Flowcrete Group Ltd secured International Hazard analysis and Critical Control Point, HACCP, certification for its Flowfresh range of antimicrobial, cementitious urethane floors. The Flowfresh flooring material includes a silver-ion based bactericidal additive to complement regular floor cleaning and sanitary practices. The material is also designed to withstand corrosion and can be incorporated with coving to provide a seamless transition from the wall to the floor. 
TandD Corporation’s new TR-71nw data logger features two channel temperature monitoring with a range of -40 to 110°C with the supplied sensor or -60 to 155°C with an optional fluoropolymer coated sensor and a resolution of 0.1°C. Measurement units can be in centigrade or Fahrenheit. The unit can be set to provide alert e-mails and can be used with the free ThermoWeb app for iOS and Android. 
Vintage 99 Label Manufacturing reports its new iQdio line of interactive, mobile-based wine labels enable a consumer to learn more about a wine instantly via their smart phone while also providing the winery with marketing information. The system provides a consumer with brand information and multimedia content that tells the wine’s story while it also provides brand managers with a dashboard that tracks every time and where a label is scanned. The new system features a mobile landing page that offers information and content on just that particular brand. “QR codes have been used for years in the wine label industry but typically direct shoppers to a standard web site,” said Vintage 99’s president Kathy Gonzales. “We developed iQdio with both the shopper and brand manager in mind, shoppers get dynamic content about the wine they are evaluating and brand managers can change the content quickly and easily without reprinting labels.” 
Global polymer flooring manufacturer Flowcrete Group Ltd has secured International HACCP Certification for its Flowfresh range of antimicrobial protected cementitious urethane floors.
NEW YORK CITY, New York – July 30, 2015 – Wilson Daniels Wholesale announces its debut as a new company that will distribute fine wines and spirits in New York and New Jersey beginning September 1, 2015. Chris Underwood, CEO, will lead all aspects of Wilson Daniels Wholesale.
Cambrian Innovation’s EcoVolt Membrane Bioreactor (MBR) employs a polishing process that removes more than 99% of pollutants and solids, enabling water re-use on site. According to the manufacturer, the EcoVolt MBR was designed specifically to serve the food and beverage industries. The containerized system leverages new aeration technology with proprietary automation, resulting in what Cambrian claims is the most energy efficient design on the market. For breweries, wineries, and other producers with a low volume or concentration of wastewater, the EcoVolt MBR is an option for stand-alone water treatment solution that cleans water for onsite reuse or sewer discharge.
Tekni-Plex, Inc. has engineered a new laminated aluminum foil/foam barrier liner for roll-on pilfer proof (ROPP) wine closures. The new Tri-Vin liners from Tri-Seal, a division of Tekni-Plex, Inc., are designed to replace tin/Saran barrier liners commonly used for ROPP wine applications. The manufacturer reports it conducted oxygen permeability tests as well as sensory organoleptic testing. “We designed the Tri-Vin liner to perform in the correct oxygen sensitivity range, allowing winemakers to cost-effectively maintain the drinkability window for consumers,” said David Andrulonis, vice president and general manager of Tekni-Plex. 
The liquid bird repellant Avian Control is now registered for use on wine grapes and other fruit in California. According to the manufacturer, Avian Control does not affect plants or soil while providing up to two weeks of effectiveness. The compound can be sprayed or fogged at a cost of about $12.50 per acre and can reduce bird losses by 37% to 87%, without causing birds to leave excess droppings.
American Tartaric Products is now offering the SPX/Seital line of centrifuges. The machines are skid mounted to allow for “plug and play operation,” feature an auto pilot option that monitors and optimizes the machine’s performance during a cycle, minimize any oxygen pick up with a hydro-dermetic or hermetic seal designs and come with a remote monitoring capability. 
Enartis Vinquiry has two new blends of the co-polymer PVI/PVP, yeast derivatives with immediately available mannoproteins, sulfur containing amino acids and oligopeptides that can be added at the onset of fermentation to white and rosé wines to remove copper and boost aromas. Enartis Pro FT is recommended for the protection of primary aromas of thiolic varieties and Enartis Pro XP is for non-thiolic varieties. According to the supplier, the co-polymer binds to metals and settles out while the amino acids and oligopeptides provide a substrate for yeast with beta-lyase to produce thiols. The mannoproteins improve mouthfeel and stability. 
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