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Nomacorc is set to unveil a new oxygen sensor device developed to measure oxygen in the bottle. This tool will allow winemakers to accurately measure oxygen content in the wine as well as in the headspace (which eventually will get into the wine).
JF Hillebrand, the leading logistics provider in the global wines and spirits industry, has been named the Logistics Company of the Year at the Drinks Business Awards 2010. The awards were announced at the London International Wine Fair.
EPS molder ACH Foam Technologies, Denver, CO, now offers 60% recycled content packaging through its WineLoc wine shipping containers. WineLoc offers superior insulating and protective qualities by using EcoSix, a recycled molding bead made by RAPAC, making it an effective and efficient wine packaging product. As a member of Alliance of Foam Packaging Recyclers (AFPR), ACH is dedicated to developing recycling programs and awareness of key performance and environmental issues. WineLoc is an environmentally friendly product that reduces material introduced into the supply chain by 240,000 pounds annually and does not produce methane gas or contaminating leachates. To order WineLoc wine shippers, please visit www.wineloc.com. For more information about setting up ongoing recycling programs and to learn more about ACH Foam Technologies, visit www.achfoam.com. To learn more about RAPAC’s EcoSix molding bead, visit www.rapac.com. 
Acrolon Technologies, Sonoma, CA, has developed a Smart Phone application that connects to their TankNET® fermentation control software. One can now monitor and control temperatures by tank lot or code, see the latest Brix measurements and review in-depth fermentation graphs via the iPhone, Android and other Smart Phones. For more information, check out the animated demo at www.acrolon.com or call (707) 938-1300.
Ben Franklin Press & Label Co. of Napa received two gold awards, including Best of Show, for outstanding achievement in wine labels at the 2010 Showcase of Print/Design Excellence, held at the UCSF Mission Bay Conference Center on May 6th. Gold awards are only given to nominees that receive over 90 points from the panel of judges, and Ben Franklin picked up two of the only three golds awarded in the label category. The Best of Show prize was given for a label produced for Lancaster Estate. Besides the top award, Ben Franklin was honored with another gold award for a label produced for Round Pond Estate.
Blackmer®, Grand Rapids, MI, launched their Smart Energy™ web site, detailing the energy-saving benefits of Blackmer® pumps. The web site describes the advantages for manufacturing operations incorporating Blackmer® pumping equipment and technologies in an environmentally friendly and energy-efficient manner. By using the Energy Calculator, operations managers can calculate how much energy they would save should they use Blackmer® pumping equipment. For information and links regarding Blackmer®’s Smart Energy products, the 20-page “Smart Energy Flow Solutions Pump Guide” and Smart Energy tips and FAQs, please visit www.BlackmerSmartEnergy.com.
TandDCorporation, Saratoga Springs, NY, launched the NEW RTR-500 Data Logging System, which allows users to monitor and download data without having to physically retrieve the loggers. Functioning as a base station or as a repeater, this instrument allows for warning notifications via email from remote locations. New features of the system include improved transmission range of up to 500 ft. line of sight, enhanced battery life of one year standard or up to four years with the optional large battery pack, and twice the downloading speed of its predecessors. For more information, please visit www.tandd.com.
American Tartaric Products is pleased to announce that they have recently added Bartlett Winery Products to their portfolio of suppliers. C.E. Bartlett Pty Ltd. has established an excellent reputation as a manufacturer of after market press bladder membranes and has been a supplier to the US wine market for many years. Bartlett has captured almost 90% of the market in Australia, and the reason is simple, quality and excellent after sales support. These membranes have a unique three (3) year warranty and are manufactured from urethane that is nearly 4 times stronger than traditional PVC materials.
Marty Sychowski has been named president of All American Containers of The Pacific Coast, LLC, a new division of AAC serving the Northern and Central Coast of California, Oregon, Washington and Western States with wine bottles, boxes, labels, and closures.
The Napa, Calif., wine label supplier introduced Collotype Digital, with 7-color HP Indigo 45000, foil stamping, embossing, varnishing, laminating and die cutting for Indigo printed pressure sensitive labels. The many advantages to HP Indigo printing include eco-friendly HP ElectroInk, reduced order quantities, lower label costs, multiple proofing options, variable data and personalization, highly refined print quality, and brand security. Collotype has been certified by the Forest Stewardship Council and Rainforest Alliance and is a member of the Organic trade association. Learn more at collotypedigitallabels.com.
Oak stave producer Groupe Charlois and Tonnellerie Saury (including Leroi, Ermitage and Berthomieu brands) joined forces to create an integrated production chain for environmentally sustainable cooperage. Learn more at groupecharlois.com.
O-I, the world’s largest manufacturer of glass containers, is launching its lightest-ever North American wine bottle, which is up to 27 percent lighter than similar wine bottles. Manufactured at the company’s California manufacturing facilities, the new bottles weigh just 11.6 ounces.
WS Packaging, Algoma, Wis., developed the ASD 100-Spin-Case dual-function label applicator, combining bottle and case labeling systems in a single portable package. This compact unit allows for changeovers and quick relocation, as well as semi-automatic and automatic labeling for both round containers and case labeling. Learn more at wspackaging.com.
The Packaging Sector of Saint-Gobain has launched Verallia, a new international brand dedicated to the manufacturing activities of glass bottles and jars.
Owens-Illinois, Inc., the world’s largest manufacturer of glass packaging, today announced an aggressive plan to significantly reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions across its worldwide operations during the next decade.

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