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Packaging manufacturer Smurfit Kappa unveiled its new “safe curve” wine pouches that feature additional seals. In addition to the standard seals, the new bags feature eight other radial seals in each corner to help protect the wine. The new, sturdier design is intended to provide protection during the filling process when the bag is dropped in the box and when the box flaps are folded and glued. Details: smurfitkappa.com/baginbox.
Tangent Membranes is now offering its XF Mini unit for bench-top lab-filtration trials. The unit offers 4 square feet of membrane surface area that provides true crossflow filtration at a laboratory scale and can be used with a variety of membranes to suit different concentration, clarification or separation needs. An optional heat exchanger is available for temperature control such as cooling samples. Details: tangentmembranes.com.
Viega ProPress systems introduced a new line of lead-free ball valves. “The new valves are forged, providing a stronger valve body and are constructed with double stem seals, which provide years of leak-free operation,” according to Monty Betts, the company’s product manager. A 316 stainless steel ball is a standard feature of the new valves. Details: viega.us.
Wine Country Lifestyle magazine announced its first winery partner is Geyser Peak Winery in Geyserville, Calif. The publishing company creates full-color lifestyle magazines featuring client wineries that can include the magazine as gifts in wine club shipments. The magazines are available both in print and digital format and are personalized for each winery client and feature content that’s specific to the winery region. Details: wine-country-lifestyle.com.
Napa-based Heritage Barrels, LLC announced today that it is representing Paso Robles based Vino Vessel, Inc.’s complete line of concrete tanks for the United States, Canada and Mexico (with the exception of San Luis Obispo County). Heritage Barrels offers high-end oak cooperage and vats, and has seen demand for concrete vessels grow throughout the North American market. 
Gusmer Enterprises announced a collaboration with Pacific Ozone to bring water saving solutions to the beverage industry. Pacific Ozone is a leading supplier of air-cooled, corona discharge ozone generators and integrated ozone contacting systems. In addition to ozone products, Pacific Ozone offers system integration and engineering support to meet the needs of the wine industry.
NAPA, FEBURARY 7, 2014-/ Following the worldwide launch of their revolutionary tannin potential barrels, Vicard Generation 7 continues to be at the forefront of innovations in the barrel industry. Awarded the Prix à l'Innovation at VITeff and the SITEVI Palmarès de l'Innovation for the revolutionary redesign of a traditional cask, the Ergonum incorporates multiple design changes enhancing worker safety and efficiency.
A-B-C Packaging introduced a partition opener and inserter unit for high-volume packaging lines. The Model 70 feeds partitions into two cases simultaneously via servo-powered handling devices that blend the steps into “one harmonious action that ensures gentle handling for smooth opening, precise placement and efficient case packing.” The supplier reports the Model 70 is ideal for the wine, spirits, beer or other industries that need to package glass and other fragile containers into a case requiring cardboard partition. Details: abcpackaging.com
The clean-in-place (CIP) skid unit by Fogg Filler can mix, heat and deliver caustic and other chemicals and water to clean all product-contact parts of a filler system. The company reports each unit can be customized, but standard features typically include two 300-gallon tanks, a steam-heat exchanger and three chemical dosage pumps. The skids can be retrofitted to fit any filling line and can service multiple fillers. Details: foggfiller.com
Italian equipment supplier Innotec Tecnologie Innovative has released its new Winetica winemaking monitoring and control system, which won an innovation award at the SIMEI trade show in Milan, Italy, in 2013. The system uses a multiparametric probe, RFID technology and wireless transmitters in a vest worn by a cellar worker. As the worker moves from tank to tank with the probe, data on fermentation, temperature, oxygen levels, pH, turbidity, conductivity and other key information is transmitted to the central system. Winetica can be programmed to issue alerts based on multiple parameters. Details: winetica.com
OrderPort Winery Solutions announced it had integrated its tasting room point-of-sale systems with WorldPay. The partnership enables OrderPort customers to lower bank card transaction fees and simplify administration and auditing. OrderPort also has partnered with Active Club Solutions to provide a complete system for growing and managing tasting room, website and wine club sales. Details: orderport.net
Seguin Moreau unveiled its new Oenofirst oak barrel alternative product at the recent Unified Wine & Grape Symposium in Sacramento, Calif. The Oenofirst is a log of compressed oak chips designed to make adding alternative products during fermentation easier, more precise and without clouds of oak dust. The logs are available untoasted or with a blend of toasted and untoasted French oak and are made using compression without any binding agent. Seguin Moreau recommends simply adding one log per ton of fruit directly to the tank or dissolving the logs first and adding at the crusher. Details: seguin-moreau.com
Stealth Mark announced its StealthFire security software suite now is available as a free application for the iPhone. The app can be used to track and determine the authenticity of items utilizing secure data within the Stealth Mark cloud-based security portal. Customers can also use the app to read a barcode printed on a secure label that would yield customer-specific marketing and tracking data. Details: stealthmark.com
Santa Rosa, CA – VingDirect and bLoyal today announced they have forged a strategic partnership providing a cohesive integration of the companies’ platforms used to focus on growing winery direct-to-consumer sales.


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