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Randox Food Diagnostics announced it had validated its fully automated RX Monaco analyzer for use in the wine industry. The unit provides results for a range of analysis including malic acid, glucose and fructose and ethanol from a single sample. Results are generated every few seconds. Randox says the unit should reduce costs and labor hours in the lab as well as help winemakers make any necessary adjustments quicker. Details: randoxfooddiagnostics.com
TeeJet Technologies says its new Sentry 6140 tip flow monitor provides operators with “instant notification when a spray tip is clogged, damaged, lost or misaligned leading to abnormal flow rate.” The device employs a small, turbine-style flow meter to monitor tip flow rates and issue alerts if any flow deviates from the average flow rate from the spraying rig tips. The unit received a silver AE50 new product award from the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers. Details: teejet.com
Stephen Collum of Vineyard Concepts in San Andreas, Calif., developed what he calls a “groundbreaking new product” to help ensure fruit is delivered to a winery in the best condition possible. The “Concept Cover” is a reflective shield that covers grape bins to maintain the temperature of the fruit at harvest for hours. Collum said in a press release that the product received a good trial when a truck hauling grapes broke down on its way from the Sierra Nevada foothills to the coast. Bins with the new covers maintained temperatures at 55-58 degrees while temperatures in the uncovered bins reached the 90s. Details: vydconcepts.com
As harvest approaches wineries keen to add capacity to analysis and quality control systems have a brand new option, with Randox Food Diagnostics RX Monaco analyser now validated for use on wine.
The mobile POS for iPhone and iPods now works with cash drawers, receipt printers and barcode scanners to create a seamless integration between POS and ecommerce to give wineries a complete view of who their customers truly are.
Vitroval, a major Spanish supplier of wine and spirits bottles and glass jars to the European Market, is pleased to announce it has opened its’ first independent U.S. office and distribution warehouse in Benicia California. Vitroval had previously been supplying wine bottles to the North American market through an agent. Vitroval USA is now supplying wine bottles directly to their North American customers and plans to expand into the spirits market in the next few months.
Napa Valley wine packager Vinpak announced an exclusive agreement with Michigan-based manufacturer KTM Industries to supply its proprietary Green Cell Foam, the first available 100% biodegradable, backyard compostable material for wooden box and wine bottle shippers for the wine industry. As compared with traditional petroleum-based polystyrene and polyethylene, Green Cell Foam decreases CO² emissions by 80% and energy consumption by 70 percent. Green Cell Foam meets ASTM D6400 test protocols as a biodegradable material and recently received BPI certification – the new gold standard in environmental excellence for materials. Vinpak’s direct relationship with KTM, for the first time, secures cost-effective sourcing of this revolutionary packaging for the wine industry.
SANTA ROSA, CA – September 4, 2013 -- DH Wine Compliance continues growth by expanding their offices to over 4,300 sq. ft. of office space in northern Santa Rosa. The move comes on the heels of the addition of new team members. “The space expansion was necessary to continue the growth of the company. In order to continue providing our customers with top-notch compliance services and fulfill the needs of our future clients we have to continue to build our team of experienced compliance specialists,” said company president, Drea Helfer.
San Andreas, CA—Winegrower Stephen Collum of Calaveras County’s Vineyard Concepts LLC announces the production of a groundbreaking new product that will help dramatically increase the quality of fruit delivered from the vineyard to the winery known as the Concept Cover. It is a reflective shield that when placed over a freshly-picked bin of grapes can maintain the temperature the fruit was harvested at for hours.
Brotemarkle Davis & Co., LLP (BDCo), an accounting and advisory firm specializing in the wine and hospitality industries, will be offering a new class for winery financial people on October 17. Aimed at helping these professionals more effectively share financial information with non-financial people, the course is offered free to members of the Napa Valley Vintners Association (a $300 value).
HOUSTON, Texas – In just six months, Texas-area residents collected and returned used wine corks that generated a $10,000 donation to the CHRISTUS Stehlin Foundation, a world-class cancer research firm based in Houston.
Agrothermal Systems 2013 early season fruit set results continues to support the effectiveness of Thermal Plant Treatment to advance fruit set of wine grapes during bloom. The data shows that TPT increased the number of berries set per bunch by an average of 24% when compared with matched control blocks that did not receive TPT applications. In addition average TPT treated bunch weights showed a 26% advantage over non-treated blocks.
As harvest approaches wineries keen to add capacity to analysis and quality control systems have a brand new option, with Randox Food Diagnostics RX Monaco analyser now validated for use on wine.


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