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Mavrik North America introduced a new dimension to their very low-pressure VA service; the choice of single pass processing in addition to a single-tank option. Mavrik’s VA reduction service includes: • <400psi--a promise no other process can make • negligible effect on pH and TA • treatment w/o negative effects (multiple passes enabled) • most cost-effective • TTB compliant • experienced technicians supported by in-house winemaking team
The tractor-pulled Thermal Plant Treatment machine by AgroThermal Systems helps growers reduce pesticide use and field trials indicate it could help fruit set. Built by American Grape Harvesters, the machine applies air heated to more than 215 degrees at a wind velocity of 135 to 160 mph on to crops. The system was designed for pest control, but AgroThermal CEO Marty Fischer reports it has proved successful in producing better fruit set, developing thicker grape skins and is effective at drying clusters after rain storms. Details: agrothermalsystems.com
BSG Wine is offering a ML strain by Enologica Vason called AmarO4 and produced by Christian Hansen. The strain is a direct addition culture and can tolerate up to 16% alcohol and 40 ppm total S02. Details: bsgwine.com
Wine bottles can travel in safety with the inflatable Vinnibag. Travelers place a bottle in a bag, inflate with a few breaths of air, seal the bag and place the bottle in their luggage. Details: vinnibag.com
Lightweight Containers released its new cylindrical KeyKeg20. The PET kegs come with a new double wall system that surrounds the bag containing wine, beer or other beverages. The space around the bag is pressurized ensuring the beverage does not come into contact with the propellant gas. Lightweight Containers claims its KeyKeg20 is “extremely resistant to external influences” and can withstand high temperatures during transport. KeyKegs can hold 20 or 30 liters and 80 cylindrical KeyKeg20s can fit on one pallet for shipping. Details: keykeg.com
Scott Laboratories now offers the new Armbruster KVB vibrating, tipping hopper. The unit is designed to receive grapes from half-ton bins and than feed them to a destemmer or manual sorting table with a hydraulic tipping and shaking device. Scott Laboratories reports subsequent bins can be added without interrupting the flow providing a continuous operation at up to nine tons per hour. Details: scottlab.com
The 939S Versatron soft case servo case packer by Standard-Knapp features a new lowering head module designed to handle thinner, lightweight and more fragile glass containers. The module picks up bottles and carries them to the packing area where the machine can place the containers all the way to the bottom of a case without dropping them at 30 cycles per minute, according to a statement by the manufacturer. Details: standard-knapp.com
The global wealth boom, though generally good for the wine industry, has created a relatively new phenomenon; the increasing incentive to manufacture fraudulent blue-chip wines. Wine industry insider publications have recently postulated that between 70 to 90 percent of all the highly collectible Chateau Lafite bottles now sold in China are counterfeit. With many sought-after bottles now fetching thousands of dollars, wine counterfeiting has become big business as well as a serious problem for wine producers, auction houses, and novice and serious collectors alike.
Amcor Ltd., a global leader in responsible packaging solutions, has been awarded a 2012 Supplier Sustainability Award from Johnson & Johnson (J&J), a leading multi-national manufacturer of pharmaceutical, diagnostic, therapeutic, surgical, and biotechnology products. Amcor Rigid Plastics, the world’s leading producer of rigid plastic containers, and Amcor Flexibles, the world’s largest suppliers of flexible packaging, were jointly recognized for their overall sustainability efforts and targeted activities as a leading supplier to J&J.
Global Package LLC, a leading glass and packaging resource for North American wine and spirits companies, is currently rolling out its new brand identity, with an official launch date of Jan. 29-31, 2013 at the Unified Wine & Grape Symposium. Founded in 2006, Global Package has grown to become a highly reputable and successful source for high quality custom and stock glass bottles as well as a variety of packaging options. The new identity was conceived and designed by Australia-based Tucker Creative Pty Ltd, a Global Package design partner.
Onset, a leading supplier of data loggers and weather stations, announced the HOBO® Green Roof Monitoring System, a research-grade system for measuring the performance of green roofs.
Developed by NASA to purify closed areas of unwanted microbes and organic compounds, Airocide air filters can help wineries control mold and protect against bacterial contamination. Airocide employs 254 nanometer light to convert unwanted contaminants to water vapor. The company claims its device is effective at preventing airborne contamination from TCA, TBA, Brett and other microbes. Details: airocide.com
Designed for sanitary operations, the full bore magflowmeter Type 8056 by Burkert comes standard with PTFE lining, 2X316L SS electrodes, 304 stainless steel body and both analog and digital pulse output. The meter consists of a magnetic sensor designed for high-precision dosing or flow measurement. Details: burkert-usa.com
The Franco-American firm eProvenance, announced it updated its equipment designed to track conditions during shipping. The new, wireless eProvenance Global Tracker transmits temperature and humidity data, as well as location in real time using GSM text messages. The tracker also uploads data to an online monitoring system and a four-month battery life accommodates multiple trips. Details: eprovenance.com
Intelligrated improved its Alvey 950 series of hybrid palletizers. New features include an on-board stretch bander that adds stability to unstable loads and an integrated control system that enables both the conventional palletizer and its robotic arms, used for gentler handling, to operate from a single PLC. Details: intelligrated.com

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