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Press Release - (Napa, CA, June 8, 2010)—CellarPass, the wine industry’s leading reservation system for booking wine tours and tastings via the internet, has announced it will open an office in Delaware in mid-June in a strategic move to better service East Coast winery customers and consumers. The company, owned by partners Tim Campbell and Jonathan Elliman, is currently headquartered in Napa, California. 
Rivercap SA, Lapuebla de Labarca, Spain, and Sparflex SA, Epernay, France, have joined forces to synergize their commercial and manufacturing cork-finished wine and spirits operations. This new group aims to offer better customer service, a larger range of products, state-of-the-art technology and a manufacturing capacity on several continents. The combination of industrial strength and the geographic locations will give this team world reach from its commercial manufacturing sites in France, Spain and the USA. The Sparflex and Rivercap agreement is exclusive to their capsule operations for still wines and spirits.
Dosatron International, Inc., Clearwater, FL, launched the Li’l Bud-D 5-gallon DosaCart, complementary to the full-size 15-gallon DosaCart, as an easy way to inject fertilizer, pesticides, and other common growing chemicals in hard-to-access areas that cannot be reached by the facility’s plumbing system. The Li’l Bud-D’s smaller size works well for spot treatments, as well as applications that use smaller amounts of chemicals and navigation in garden center aisles and other small spaces. Along with the 5-gallon bucket and lid, the new cart features high-quality polyethylene construction for superior durability and 10” no-flat tires. Dosatron has also developed a Quick Hook-Up Kit specifically for the Li’l Bud-D and the Dosatron injector to help protect the cart from damage and tip-over. In addition, the lower price point makes the Li’l Bud-D an accessible portable fertilizer injection solution for growers of all sizes.
Intelligrated®, Cincinnati, OH, announces the latest entry-level addition to its existing line of Alvey palletizers and depalletizers, the Alvey GS100 family of palletizers. The Alvey GS100 series provides a durable and reliable automated solution at an affordable price, offering a complete range of pallet-handling options with high-quality, flexible, and robust construction. This family of palletizers is well-suited for both large, multi-line palletizing projects and smaller operations looking to convert from manual to automatic palletizing for ergonomic or labor-saving reasons. Within the Alvey GS100 series, operators can easily create, store and change patterns by utilizing the palletizer’s pattern utility function and touchscreen Operator Interface Terminal (OIT), whether it is with the manual pallet handling (Alvey GS120), the semi-automated pallet handling (Alvey GS130) or the fully-automated pallet handling (Alvey GS140).
O-I, the world’s largest glass packaging manufacturer, is demonstrating its commitment to the education of future vintners by supplying more than 458 cases of glass wine bottles to the UC Davis Department of Viticulture and Enology.
Scott Laboratories Inc., Petaluma, CA, will introduce a proprietary line of tannins – Scott’Tan™ tannins – for the 2010 harvest. These new tannins have been developed for and aimed at creating products specifically for North American needs and requirements. The Scott’Tan™ tannin range will feature six fermentation tannins, including a 100 percent grape skin tannin, as well as five cellaring and finishing tannins. For more information about the Scott’Tan™ tannin range and other services and products Scott Laboratories supply, please visit www.scottlab.com.
Four more Lallemand products are now listed and comply with the OMRI Standards Manual and the OMRI Policy Manual, which are based on the requirements of the USDA National Organic Program Rule (7 CFR Part 205). The products approuved for OMRI listing are Fermaid O™, GoFerm®, Noblesse™ and Fortiferm®.
This month, Nomacorc, Zebulon, N.C., launches NomaSense O2 Prime, under its NomaSense brand, a product manufactured to measure oxygen exposure specifically during bottling. This cost-effective and specialized device is designed with a measuring range ideal for bottling applications. It provides a quick and reliable assessment with an easy-to-read display that shows how much oxygen is captured in the dissolved and gaseous states of the bottling process. The O2 Prime further guarantees a consistent amount of oxygen ingress in each bottle.
Acrolon Technologies’ ongoing efforts to provide winemakers with the best tools possible has resulted in the development of Smart Phone applications that connect to the company’s TankNET® fermentation control software. Now you can monitor and control temperatures by tank or lot code, see the latest Brix measurements and review in-depth fermentation graphs – all from the palm of your hand via iPhone, Droid and other Smart Phones.
Sonoma Cast Stone, Petaluma, CA, has begun manufacturing the Egg-shaped EarthCrete™ concrete fermentation tank. The inside casting is made from chlorination-free colorless concrete, while the outer shell is composed of the environmentally-sustainable and extra strong EarthCrete™, which gives the tank excellent temperature retention, simple maintenance and the ability to breath easily. The egg shape reduces the need for stirring and aids in fluid movement. Because the pigmented concrete never comes into contact with the wine, the outer shell allows for the egg to be made in a variety of colors, as well as emboss a logo directly into the concrete.
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.


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