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OVS (originally known as Oregon Vineyard Supply Co.) has opened a warehouse to improve customer service to Southern Oregon area growers. The new location at 640A Mason Way in Medford will primarily be used for product storage and as a pick-up depot for distribution to growers. The facility will operate by appointment only.
Custom crush services provider Carneros Vintners will be offering customers use of a new flash detante system during the 2012 harvest. The system is being built in Italy by Della Toffola Group and is expected to arrive in July. It’ll be the first flash unit in the North Coast. Carneros Vintners opened in 2009 and is part of the Vintners Group, which operates Lodi Vintners near Woodbridge, CA. They’ve been running a slightly larger flash unit in Lodi since 2010. The new system is rated at 20 tons an hour and will have three holding tanks, allowing for processing three separate lots at a time. Normally these machines come with one tank. “We can potentially receive fruit from three clients, or assist one client with three different lots,” general manager Tyson Rippey said. Some north coast customers hauled fruit to Lodi in 2010 and 2011 while many were too small for the unit in Lodi, which has a truckload minimum. The new unit will require a minimum of 10-15 tons of fruit. “We turned away a lot of business because the lots were too small to really work in Lodi during the last couple of years,” Rippey said. Flash has long been used in Europe, South America and Australia. The U.S. is sometimes slow to adopt new winemaking technology. There are now three flash units in North America – One is at Monterey Wine Company and was made by the French company Pera. A small demonstration unit made its way over to  Carneros Vintners during the 2010 harvest.
 Harbortouch released a new version of its free point of sale system designed for retail wine, beer and liquor sales. A key function of the new system is an age verification process that prompts cashiers to ask for consumer identification. The system can also differentiate between single drinks and multi-packs at check-out. Details: harbortouch.com
Fairfield, Calif.-based glass company Demptos announced it is offering a new line of glass wine bottles made in China. The new line of bottles will feature 14 molds available in three colors: antique, dead-leaf and flint. Demptos is an affiliate of Saxco International LLC a global packaging company in the wine and spirits industry. Details: demptos.com
DR Power Equipment released the DR Versa-Trailer ½-Ton, a smaller, version of the company’s commercial utility dump trailer designed for light duty hauling. The trailer is designed to work with an ATV, UTV or compact tractor and has a carrying capacity of 1,000 pounds. Details: drpower.com
EnvironmentalLights.com, a maker of sustainable LED lighting, has teamed up with Vista Wine Cellars to provide lighting systems for custom wine cellar installations. Details: environmentallights.com
The “Claire” is the new Burgundy style glass bottle by Global Package LLC. The company also announced the release of new spirits bottles. The Claire has a 1.5” punt and 31.5 mm capsule top and is available in antique green. Details: globalpackage.net
At almost twice the size of Sonoma Cast Stone’s egg-shaped concrete fermentation tanks, the new 925-gallon conical concrete tanks offers the same advantages but with more space. Sonoma Cast Stone reports the tank’s conical design “compacts the cap and forces it into the wine.” A pomace door allows the tank to be used for white and red wines. Details: concretewinetanks.com
Monvera Glass Décor, a provider of bottle decoration services to the wine, spirits, beverage and food industry, is the recipient of an award from the Society of Glass and Ceramic Decorated Products (SGCDpro). The award was won in the Container’s category and presented at DECO 2012, the society’s annual meeting. The screen printed wine bottle that won the award was Love this Life, which is manufactured and distributed by ESC Wine Group.
To fortify their position as the industry’s innovation leaders, Cooperages 1912 and Oak Solutions Group are pleased to introduce their new Product Innovation Division. This division will focus exclusively on the development and refinement of oak barrels, oak alternatives and enological tannins.
NapaMapa.com has unveiled California’s Central Coast to the expanding list of searchable wine regions on their site. This new region adds another 130 wineries to the website, which is dedicated to helping wine aficionados, travelers and residents find wineries and tasting rooms according to their tasting preferences.
Global Package LLC announced the recent addition of a new burgundy bottle—the Claire—to its Elegant Light line of bottles. It also recently added a new line of competitively priced spirits bottles to its floor stock, as well as a new collection of customizable European spirits bottles designed for the high-end market. While the Claire bottle conforms to the standards of the superior, lighter-weight bottles in the Elegant Light line—including a 1.5” punt and 31.5mm capsule top—it is a definitive line extension which differs from the sturdier-formed Bella and Carré bottles yet in the same line with its taller and broader body, it also provides a more substantial label area compared to bottles in its category. It boasts more reserved styling than other bottles in its category, with an elegant swan’s neck. The Claire is available in antique green in any quantity and can be also ordered along with brand-printed boxes. “We believe in intelligent design continuity,” says Erica Harrop, founder of Global Package LLC in Napa, CA. “Every bottle we add to our Elegant Light line must adhere to certain standards, like the 31.5mm capsule top dimension, so customers gain the most cost-effective bottling efficiencies when they buy from us.” Global Package has also introduced a new line of competitively priced, mid-weight spirits bottles for the discriminating, high-end market. Now available on the shop floor, the bottles come in a range of styles, from antiquity to modern, in high-grade clear glass. The Teo and Millennio have a fatter decanter-style neck, whereas the antique Apotheker has standard dimensions for bottling ease. The company also recently unveiled a variety of premier European spirits bottles that have the capability of being elaborately decorated. Ask for the Pure Glass collection from Estal. The accompanying photo of the Senso bottle is an excellent example of the extraordinary silk-screen detail that’s possible with these unique bottles.
Complete Inspection Systems Inc. unveiled the HD Barcode that can hold up to 703k of secure, encrypted information to deter counterfeiting. The code can be read by an Android or iOS smartphone. Details: completeinspectionsystems.com
ITW Muller introduces its latest machine stretch wrap film “Reducer.” The high strength, thin gauge film is produced using a new, proprietary formula. As a result, Reducer has the highest force-to-film weight ratio on the market, according to ITW Muller. The film can be pre-stretched up to 300% without compromising the stiffness required to secure and retain loads. Reducer comes in 20” or 30” width and 7,500’ or 10,500’ length. Details: itwmuller.com
JBC’s new large bottle corker is designed to handle bottles from 3 to 27 liters. Light enough to be carried by one person, the corker is fully adjustable, 50” tall and takes up less than one square foot of space. The corker can be purchased with 32 mm and 39-42 mm compression tubes. A 750-ml compression tube is available upon request. Details: largebottlecorker.com


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