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Metrohm and FOSS have entered into a strategic alliance, strengthening the two companies’ leading positions in their respective key markets. In this strategic alliance, Metrohm will become the sole global distributor of FOSS NIR instruments for the chemical, petrochemical, pharmaceutical and environmental sectors.
Standard-Knapp, a worldwide leader in the manufacture of innovative packaging machinery, announces its Versatron™ Case Packer with lowering head module. This module is ideal for customers looking for gentle, positive handling of their product, yet rugged enough for 24/7 operation. When equipped with this module, the Versatron Casepacker can continue to operate as a robust drop packer or can be quickly converted to a lowering head case packer.
Amcor Flexibles, owner of the original screw cap brand Stelvin®, is proud to be an active member of EAFA (European Aluminium Foil Association) Closures Group and to have contributed to the ‘Aluminium Closures – Turn 360º’ pan-European promotion campaign launched by the group in November 2012. The aim of the campaign is to enhance public awareness about the advantages of a state-of-the-art closure form with sustainability credentials.
New Holland introduced its new T5 series of tractors, which come in a range of engine powers from 98 to 115 horsepower. The tractor cab is designed for operator comfort with key controls placed to the right of the driver on an ergonomic console, according to product information by New Holland. A category II rear, three-point hitch offers a lift capacity of 6,393 pounds at 24 inches behind the ball ends. Linked implements are controlled with the New Holland mouse, which requires only one hand for operation. Details:
Press Release: Chilean company Tonelería Nacional Cooperage (parent company of  Mistral Barrels) has developed a new project -- the Natinga project -- that aims to help the viticulture industry defend itself against one of the most powerful contaminants to wine. Ambrosia and Odysé, two female Labrador retriever dogs, have been trained to detect contaminating odors that affect wine.
Perfectly fitting, tamper-evident high quality tin capsules are now part of the growing closure product line for the wine industry offered by ACI Cork USA. Relvas Tin closures come in a large range of vibrant colors and can be embossed or flat printed for additional shelf impact. A premier product sourced from Portugal, Relvas Tin capsules are used for ultra-premium and luxury wines in Europe and are now available at competitive pricing to wineries in North America.
Amcor Flexible Capsules unveiled its new Stelvin Inside line of capsules with four different types of liners each with a different oxygen transmission rate (OTR). Amcor reports all the films used in the liners are free of PVDC or polyvinylidene chloride. Each of the four new liners offers a distinct OTR from low to high. Details:
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:
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:
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:
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:
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:
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.
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