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MUNCIE, Ind. – Verallia North America is pleased to announce success in developing new containers for wine customers in the United States and Canada that meet the Liquor Control Board of Ontario’s (LCBO) new lightweight glass strategy for wine products. In an effort to reduce the carbon footprint of products while also providing ergonomic benefits through reduction in overall case weights, the LCBO announced, a new national standard of 420 gram maximum weight for table wine packaged in glass and priced at or below $15.00. The LCBO’s April 29, 2010 announcement followed its February 8, 2010 communication establishing a new 18.9 kilogram maximum case weight standard for all products, effective September 30, 2010. “After receiving notice of LCBO’s new glass standard and of their intent to make it mandatory, we immediately began working with our wine customers to develop a wine bottle that met the new lighter weight standard,” said Bob Parise, Vice President, Sales and Marketing for Verallia’s Wine Sector. “We were pleased to get ahead of LCBO’s timeline by creating two bottles that already meet the lighter weight standard and we were equally excited to create a luxurious look for consumer appeal.” To date, Verallia has successfully reduced the weight on two stock bottles without compromising the quality of the glass package. The ECO Impulse and the ECO Impulse Stelvin® are specifically designed for the Canadian market. Prior to the re-design by Verallia, the bottles had a design weight of 475 grams (16.75 ounces). With customer input and precise engineering, the new bottles have a design weight of 411 grams (14.5 ounces) reducing the carbon footprint and improving the ergonomic benefits for the entire industry. “The two stock bottles fit nicely into Verallia’s company-wide sustainable development initiative which provides a vision to continue designing high quality glass packaging with improved sustainability or less environmental impact,” said Steve Rhea, Senior Vice President Strategic Development for Verallia North America. Both Claret style ECO Impulse bottles are produced at Verallia’s Port Allegany, Penn. plant and are available to wine customers in both Flint and Champagne Green colors.
Dalla Terra™ Winery Direct® has announced that on April 1st, it became the national distributor for licensed buyers for govino (www.govinowine.com) in all states, with the exception of California wineries, where the stylish yet shatterproof glassware is sold direct from the California-based company.
The Napa Valley branch of Enartis Vinquiry has moved to a new, convenient, and centrally located facility in St. Helena, CA.
M.A. Silva Corks, USA is now operating a Gas Chromatograph/Mass Spectrometer (GC/MS) in their Santa Rosa production facility. This instrument will further the research and quality protection methods of M.A. Silva Corks, USA.
Beverage Supply Group, distributor of winemaking ingredients to the North American Commercial Winemaking Industry, is pleased to announce the acquisition of Crosby and Baker Ltd.
Gusmer is excited to announce our 2011 Innovation Days Seminars for California’s wine regions. The events will be free of charge and will take place at the following locations:
Napa Valley Think Tank (NVTT), the St. Helena-based wine laboratory and resource center, announces the spring schedule for its technical seminar series.
G3 Enterprises has announced the latest printing technology and new design capabilities added to its long-skirt aluminum screw cap product portfolio.
Nomacorc’s first-ever wine marketing symposium drew a crowd of close to 400 on Wednesday, April 6, at the Culinary Institute of America in St. Helena, Calif. Attended by marketing professionals, industry leaders, media representatives and students, the symposium provided a forum for attendees to discuss the growing segment of millennial wine drinkers and how to use new and authentic approaches to capture and keep the attention of consumers of all ages.
Societe de Vin Internationale LTEE, a leading supplier of fine wines, beers, and alcomalts, based in Laval, Quebec, has made its debut in plastic packaging, introducing the first 1 Liter PET wine bottle for the North American airline industry. The lightweight PET barrier container, supplied by Amcor Rigid Plastics, the world’s leading producer of PET packaging, gives cost-conscious airlines a high quality option that mimics glass while also delivering reduced fuel consumption and a cost savings over its glass predecessor.
May 2011 will mark the first anniversary of Oenobrands, the joint venture between DSM (The Netherlands) and Anchor Yeast (South Africa). In an increasingly demanding competitive environment, Oenobrands was created to bring together the strength of both companies in order to provide innovative integrated biotechnological solutions that respond to the needs of winemakers, traders and consumers alike.
Seguin Moreau, in its commitment to environmental issues and sustainability, now offers the world’s first CarbonNeutral® accredited barrels. The CarbonNeutral Company, a world leading provider of carbon reduction solutions, worked with the cooperage to reduce the CO2 emissions from the raw materials, manufacture, packaging, storage and distribution of the barrels to net zero.
Vistaar Technologies, Inc., an innovator of B2B price and revenue management solutions, today announced the addition of Pernod Ricard U.S.A., the largest subsidiary of the world’s co-leader in wines and spirits, Paris, France-based Pernod Ricard SA, to the company’s growing list of customers within the beverage alcohol industry. Importer and marketer of such well-known brands as ABSOLUT®, Jameson® Irish Whiskey, Chivas Regal®, Kahlúa® Liqueur, and Jacob's Creek® wines, Pernod Ricard U.S.A. has selected Vistaar software to help drive improvements in the company’s price management, promotion planning and promotion optimization processes.
A-B-C, Tarpon Springs, Fla., announces the Model 70 partition opener/inserter with a dual servo powered partition handling device and no-tools changeover. The twin servos drive the partition indexing/opening and inserting, blending these two independent steps into one harmonious action that ensures gentle handling for smooth opening, precise placement and efficient case packing. Lateral stabilizers square the partition after opening to “lock” the partition’s interlocking panels and ensure smooth insertion into the waiting case or tray. A new video on A-B-C’s website shows the Model 70 partition opener/inserter in operation.
Cellar-Tek Supplies opened the doors on its new energy-efficient, xeriscaped building at 1043 Richter St. The “green” building was built using new sandwich insulated pre-cast concrete walls and special roofing materials which raise the insulation-factor up from the commercial building norm of R-10 to and impressive R-24. In an effort to maintain its “green” status inside and out, Cellar-Tek’s President, Randy Jones, convinced City planners to forego traditional, water-wasting landscaping and replace it with xeriscape technology which utilizes plants with very low water needs.


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