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Haak Systems, LLC, announces the introduction of their “Smart-Rack”Pat.Pend. barrel filling control system that automates the operations racking of wines & spirits into barrels. This new system eliminates the need to use a flashlight to monitor the rising level of wine & spirits in a barrel as it approaches the bung opening. A programmable micro-processor, using a pressure sensitive sensor, monitors the increasing level in each barrel and automatically shuts offthe wine pump at the precise pre-calibrated level setting. The Smart-Rack Pat.Pend. affords the cellar workers a rapid, non-spill barrel filling operation that equates to quality and cost savings. This new system consists of a handheld start/stop controller that contains the sensing probe, the start/stop push button with indicator lamp and micro-processor for pre-calibration of the shut-off point. This new finite control virtually eliminates over-filling and the spilling of wines and spirits thus eliminating the opportunity for potential spoilage problems.
Maverick Enterprises, a secondary closure company located in Mendocino County, announces today that it has been acquired by PCM Companies LLC, an affiliate of Private Capital Management, Inc., a registered investment advisor headquartered in Eagan, Minnesota with a long track record of success in the private equity business. “As a market leader with an outstanding reputation for service and quality, Maverick is an ideal platform investment for our portfolio of private equity investments. We focus on profitable, high quality middle market companies, which Maverick clearly is. We are very excited to become long term partners with Maverick’s management team”, according to Michael Davies, principal at PCM. Maverick was previously owned by Riverside Company, a private equity company who has 19 offices worldwide.
Mondia Alliance is currently working to advance its position in the British Columbian marketplace. We are pleased that our presence will offer BC consumers a greater selection of premium wines and spirits to choose from. Our company represents quality products from many of the world’s best producers. Mondia Alliance is an established agency with a bright future in North America. • We are one of Canada’s leading importers of premium wines and spirits. • Our products are distributed to Canadian Liquor Boards such as BCLDB, SAQ and LCBO stores, as well as private Liquor stores, restaurants, bars and hotels. • We have a growing sales force in Canada. Our sales and marketing team, previously consisting of 68 staff, was joined by 15 additional professionals on September 1, 2010. • We also have a team in place in the U.S. to develop major markets (e.g. Illinois, California, Nevada, Colorado and Texas).
BENICIA, CALIF.--Sparflex/Rivercap announced today that they are joining forces with Cork Supply USA for the exclusive distribution of their capsules in the North American wine and spirits market. “This partnership is the result of a common vision of the world capsule market for cork-finished wines and spirits,” said Aaron Niderost, CEO of Sparflex of California/Rivercap USA. “Our goal is to provide customers with high-end products, a wide range of packaging solutions, state of-the-art technology and true expertise. With Cork Supply USA’s reputation for providing outstanding customer service, together we can provide unmatched products and services.” Sparflex, one of the leading companies for its core business of foils and wirehoods for the sparkling wine industry, and Rivercap, a world leader in the production of capsules including tin, polylam, PVC and screwcaps, formed a partnership in April of last year, that related exclusively to their capsule operations for still wines and spirits. This agreement has led to important investments in their Ukiah manufacturing center. “This new agreement between Sparflex/Rivercap and Cork Supply USA is a great opportunity for our two companies to create the critical mass necessary to address the demands of the current wine and spirit markets, in terms of production capacity and innovation, while maintaining a high standard of customer service and knowledge,” said James Herwatt, CEO of Cork Supply USA. For 30 years Cork Supply has built its reputation as a trusted and relied-upon partner to the wine industry, providing best-in-class products, exceptional capability and a passion for quality and customer satisfaction. With staff and operations around the globe, Cork Supply delivers standard-setting quality products, service and expertise locally to wineries throughout the world's premier wine growing regions. For more information, please contact:
DAVIS, Calif.—UC Davis Extension offers a variety of courses for novice and experienced grape growers, winemakers and wine lovers. The following courses will take place April-June 2011 in Davis, unless otherwise indicated.
KELOWNA, British Columbia--The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) announced today the launch of a new state-of-the-art online ordering system for restaurants and retailers ordering Virginia wine through the Virginia Winery Distribution Company (VWDC). The VWDC, created by the 2007 Virginia General Assembly, provides Virginia wineries and farm wineries an alternative to using independent wine wholesalers.
RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Vivando™ fungicide from BASF Crop Protection has received full registration from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the California Board of Pesticide Regulation. The new fungicide is highly effective for control of powdery mildew in wine, table and raisin grapes.
Confluence Media, Inc. announced today the launch of its’ Social Email program targeted at enhancing sales for direct-to-consumer initiatives within wine businesses.
WineISIT has announced that they have been designated as the Official US management office for the DropStop® wine pourer by the Denmark manufacturer. WineISIT is a national direct to consumer marketing company that specializes in the development of direct mail and e-mail advertising and also coordinates the facilitation of tasting demonstrations, mystery shops and brand in store assessments throughout the US.
Lion Nathan Wine Group, owner and importer of fine wines from around the world, announces the expansion of its Cellar Key brand. Launched in September 2010 on six wines, this new proprietary marketing platform is now featured on five wine brands and more than 20 wines. Cellar Key is currently found on wines from Argyle in Willamette Valley, Oregon; St Hallett in Barossa, Australia; Wither Hills in Marlborough, New Zealand; Argento in Mendoza, Argentina and most recently, Petaluma in Adelaide Hills, Australia. Utilizing existing 2D barcode technology, Cellar Key creates a whole new level of engagement in the wine industry through Smartphones.
Innovative Australian company, Barokes Wines, and global packaging company, Ball Packaging Europe (“BPE”), have recently signed an agreement appointing BPE to manufacture and supply cans for wine to be used in the Vinsafe process.
PC pumps provide numerous benefits for the wine industry namely, low-shear, non-pulsating flow and minimal maintenance requirements with a long service life to provide low total cost of ownership. PC Pumps, such as the Moyno 2000 Pump, offer distinct performance advantages for the wine industry and provide gentle pumping action with low internal velocities to prevent shearing for improved product quality, as well as one rotating pumping element with no metal-to-metal contact.
Key Technology introduces its family of Crush Pad Equipment Solutions for wineries. Modules, which can be utilized separately or configured as an integrated system, include a Receiving Hopper, Cluster Sorting Table, Post-Destemmer Sorting Table with MOG (material other than grape) separating system, and color sorters. These stainless steel systems help wineries improve their product quality while redirecting labor to other tasks.
Caliber WinePak, North America's largest distributor of wine bottles, has changed its name to TricorBraun WinePak, reflecting its ownership by TricorBraun, North America's largest distributor of glass and plastic packaging.
Pursuing its strategy of offering natural, high value specialty yeasts and malolactic cultures to the wine industry, Chr. Hansen once again launches a breakthrough innovation within enology: A frozen, direct inoculation Pichia kluyveri yeast product for winemakers producing aromatic and fresh white or rose wines.


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