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IRVINE, Calif., May 13, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Scholle Packaging, the Pioneer of Bag-In-Box™, announces the acquisition of ZORK, pioneering developer of 'peel and reseal' closures for wine and spirits. Scholle Packaging is the global leader in providing the wine, beer and spirits industry, with innovative films and closures, e.g. FlexTap™, for flexible packaging. The ZORK acquisition falls in line with Scholle's current performance polymer technologies and now allows further expansion of their precision closure offering for both rigid and flexible container applications in the wine and spirits market. "The acquisition of ZORK is key to Scholle's Customer Integrated Packaging business unit," mentions Richard Barrett, Director of Global Wine and Spirits for Scholle Packaging. "We are now able to expand our closure product offering to service new and existing customers who pack in rigid formats, while maintaining the focus on our key flexible packaging customers." According to John Brooks, co-founder and Technical Director of ZORK, "The relationship between Scholle Packaging and ZORK has developed positively over the past several years, with a natural alignment in industry vision, technology and customer focus. I am very pleased to now be part of their highly skilled team." ZORK SPK™ and STL™ closures are among the products Scholle Packaging will now offer as a result of the acquisition. The STL is an established, alternative closure for still wines in Australia, Europe and the United States. The SPK is the world's first and only commercially proven re-sealable closure for sparkling wines and is already making a significant impact on sparkling wine markets globally. The launch of the ZORK closures as part of the Scholle Packaging portfolio will take place at the London International Wine and Spirits Fair, 17-19 May 2011. ABOUT SCHOLLE PACKAGING: Scholle Packaging's founder, William Scholle, invented bag-in-box packaging in 1947. Today the company is the world leader in bag-in-box packaging for the food, beverage, and industrial markets. With manufacturing locations on five continents and products that are sold in more than 60 countries, Scholle Packaging delivers high-quality packaging products and excellent customer service around the world. www.scholle.com
Monvera Glass Décor, a provider of paperless bottle labels to the wine, spirits, beverage and food industry, is celebrating the successful first year of a partnership with Debbie Douglas Designs. The two companies have worked in tandem over the past 12 months to provide high quality, screen printed stemware for wineries and special events.
Paragon Label, the fast-growing, Petaluma-based label printing enterprise, and legendary sticker manufacturer Mrs. Grossman’s, have won two major awards for their sustainable practices. The family-owned companies, which work side by side and were certified green in 2009, have been consistently winning accolades for their pioneering environmental practices.
XTRAOAK has launched its new on-line store, now available to the United States and Canada.
Okanagan Crush Pad Winery announces the latest in Canada’s winemaking evolution: they are the first and only winery in Canada to use egg-shaped temperature-controlled concrete tanks for winemaking. Okanagan Crush Pad has ordered six of the concrete fermenters from California’s Sonoma Cast Stone.
Oregon's largest wine storage and shipping company Oregon Wine Services and Storage (OWS) announces the purchase of a new climate controlled storage and distribution center in Tualatin, Oregon. The facility provides an additional 62,000 square feet of wine storage and is conveniently situated within one mile of Interstate 5 for timely and efficient transportation of goods.
Owning or operating a winery or wine industry related business can be challenging and staying on top of employment issues from hiring to dealing with conflict to downsizing can make it all the more complex. Outside guidance and expert advice can help alleviate the pressures of these day-to-day management challenges. 
Saint Helena, Calif.– Central Valley Builders Supply announces that it will distribute a range of 400 cm x 400 cm Seitz filter pads (EK, 80, 100, 300 and 700) from Scott Laboratories, Inc. CVBS is known within the local wine industry for providing vineyard trellising and irrigation supplies in addition to fermentation products from Scott Labs to regional wineries.
Novato, Calif.––Cork Pops has just unveiled its latest collection of wine accessories and gifts. From corkscrews and stoppers to coolers, tote bags and stemware accents, the company offers everything wine lovers need to open, present, serve, preserve and entertain. In early April 2011, the Miami Herald ran the headline: “America hits a wine milestone.” As it turns out, the U.S. now surpasses France in terms of total wine consumption, ranking it number one in the world. In terms of exact numbers, “U.S. [wine] aficionados last year sipped 330 million 12-bottle cases, compared to 321 million for France.” The Wine Market Council estimates that the average U.S. adult drinks three gallons of wine per year.
Labeltronix took home the most gold medals in the 2011 Excellence in Flexography Awards, Narrow Web Category. The results of the national competition were announced earlier this month.
St. Charles, Ill.--Lechler, Inc. has developed the new Whisperblast. Whisperblasts are designed to handle most industrial usage for compressed air, such as drying off parts, blowing dirt or dust off of parts or equipment, or blowing off rejected items from a conveyor. The standard flat version can be installed on a machine or used with others on a header to create an air curtain. The standard round version can be used for hand-held applications. Flat versions in either aluminum, stainless steel or zinc are available for use in more intense environments. Two smaller models have been developed for use in tight places: the Mini-WHISPERBLAST, which is half the width of the standard flat version; and the MiniBlast™, or “bullet” air nozzle, which is smaller than the standard round model but produces one high impact air stream.
NEW HOLLAND, Pa.– New Holland has introduced three compact track loaders in the new 200 Series. The new machines feature best-in-class forward dump height and reach – boosting operator profits and productivity.
Napa, CA—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.
Portland, CT—Standard-Knapp, a worldwide leader in manufacturing the ultimate packaging machinery, introduces the Versatron case packer with Soft Catch technology, designed for high-speed packing of fragile containers. The Versatron is ideal for challenging packaging applications with reduced and/or lightweight materials in a variety of industries including spirits and wine, food, household chemical, personal care, and automotive.
SONOMA COUNTY, CA,--Apple’s innovative iPad tablets enable groundbreaking new capabilities in mobile computing for winemakers on the go. With the release of “Winemaking,” a new iPad App that just arrived in the App-Store, winemakers can take advantage of the mobility and touch user interface offered by the tablet to easily keep track of their wine batches. Hobbyists or Professional winemakers can replace their paper journals or desktop computer logs and bring the pad into the winery where the action is. The Winemaking App by Tamarac Applications can collect their notes and data for one or many concurrent batches. Handy calculators, conversions, and data plotting features offered in The Winemaking App further expand productivity for winemakers.


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