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The new MacroTote 5-FV by Macro Plastics and Calpine Containers is a single-piece, injection-molded collapsible tote. According to the manufacturer, the tote’s lightweight construction and ergonomic handles allow for easier handling in the field. The tote weigh 1.37 pounds and have a peak depth of 6.3 inches and can handle 36 lbs. of produce. With flip style latches and hinged edges, the reusable tote can fold down flat to 1.34 inches in height, making it more cost-effective for one-way shipments. The company also released its MacroTote 6-FV, which is also designed for easy handling and quick transfer to cold storage. The tote features more than 400 air holes to ensure fruit stays cold in storage. Details: macroplastics.com
Nomacorc has updated its NomaSense analyzer for measuring total oxygen rates in packaged wine. The new analyzers are equipped with integrated Total Package Oxygen (TPO) calculator to eliminate the need for external software. The manufacturer also reports it improved the software interface for easier navigation, simpler calibration data management and better file management system for improved traceability. An integrated bar code scanner helps sample identification. The unit is also smaller and lighter, designed to truly offer “handheld” use. The new NomaSense should be available this spring. Details: nomacorc.com
Premier Wine Cask is now offering the “The Bucket Press” by Champagne, France based Les Pressoirs Coquard. The press is designed for red wines and has a capacity of two tons. According to a statement by Napa, Calif., based Premier Wine Cask, the gentle cycle of the press means less pomace movement and less solids in the pressed wine. “Coquard is a great name among winemakers, perhaps the number one preferred brand internationally in the grape-pressing process,” said Premier Wine Cask president Eric Mercier in a statement. Details: premierwinecask.com
Prooftag, a document security and brand protection firm based in Montauban, France, released its Prooftag Cerv web-based interface. The new platform allows clients to manage all certification tags produced by Prooftag as well the Bubble Tag and Fiber Tag, according to a statement released by Prooftag. Users can now manage information about the certified product or document, trace the distribution and use of products or documents, control access authority and access statistics on authentication timing and location. Details: prooftag.net
Tonnellerie Radoux released a new variable capacity, tight-grain oak fermenter. The oak vat comes in a range of 1, 2 or 3 ton capacities. The vats are equipped with either stainless steel or fiberglass “floating” lids. Once fermentation is done, the vats can be lifted and tipped over a press with a forklift. The vats have a diameter range of 53 to 73 inches and a weight range of 360 to 680 pounds. Details: tonnellerieradoux.com
Nexternal, a leading Cloud-based eCommerce platform company, and eMobilePOS, an award-winning iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch mobile point-of-sale (POS) provider are excited to announce the beta release of an integration between both companies’ systems. Merchants can now capture point-of-sale orders in their retail locations, trade shows, wine tasting rooms, or any location where a credit card swipe is expected, and have that order information automatically flow from eMobilePOS to the merchant’s Nexternal platform. Customer and product data are also imported directly from the Nexternal platform into eMobilePOS for centralized inventory and product information management.
Wine Opinions has just competed a tracking study of 902 U.S. wine consumers and 297 members of the wine trade regarding usage, preferences, sales, and numerous other market position aspects of wines imported to the U.S. from every major wine producing country and region.
A four-year warranty is provided as part of the new FossCare Premium Preventive Maintenance Agreement while a two-year warranty is provided as part of any other FossCare agreement. In addition to the peace of mind afforded by the warranty period, the continual preventive maintenance pays off by keeping analytical instruments working perfectly every day, year after year.
G3 Enterprises has announced it has been recommended by UL DQS Inc. to receive ISO 9001 Quality Certification and 14001 Environmental Certification for its mobile bottling division.
Web development firm, Bayshore Solutions announces the launch of custom iPad-focused webpages for B-21 Fine Wines & Spirits company (B-21). The iPad webpages were created to feature promotions, and allow prospects and customers to sign-up for email and purchase wine at events and other venues outside of a retail location.
Effective Feb. 1, The Vintner Group of Ashland, Virginia, an importer of fine wines and distributor of fine wines and craft spirits, is acquiring substantially all of the assets of Dionysus Distributors of Raleigh, North Carolina. The Vintner Group’s wholesale operation in that state, The Country Vintner of North Carolina, will absorb Dionysus’ portfolio and sales force.
Nomacorc, the world’s largest producer of synthetic wine closures, is proud to announce the production and shipment of its 100 millionth Select Series closure. First introduced in 2011 with the Select 700, the complete Select Series portfolio was fully commercialized in January 2012. Premium VDP winery Robert König from the Rheingau region in Germany bottled their 2011 Frankenthal Spätlese with Nomacorc’s 100 millionth Select Series closure.
A. Hardy USA, Ltd. announces the introduction of the next item in their brand new line of premium nut-based liqueurs, Fratello Hazelnut Liqueur. Manufactured to the highest standards in Ghemme, Italy, Fratello is created from toasted Piemonte hazelnuts that are infused with cocoa, vanilla berries and elderflowers. Pure acacia honey (from the surrounding vineyards) is blended in to help create the liqueur’s rich amber color. Fratello may be enjoyed as an after dinner drink or mixed in cocktails.
Amorim Cork America, the U.S. sales and distribution arm of the world’s largest wine stopper producer, announced the opening of its new North American sales and distribution center located in the heart of the Napa Valley on Feb. 1. 


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