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The new SeismaRack system was developed in the aftermath of the 2014 Napa earthquake to provide a safe and secure solution for storing and stacking wine barrels. WorkSafe Technologies developed the system with its “Ball ‘N Cone” seismic isolators that work on the principle of “base isolation” to provide up to 24” of movement to dissipate seismic energy and leave the rest of the stack motionless. As shaking stops, the isolator moves with the shaking and then rolls the rigid barrel rack structure back to its original location. The manufacturer has developed barrel racks that can be stacked up to six high and accommodate barrels of varying shape and size. Racks rest on top of each other and not on barrels. The racks slide into frames that are supported by the seismic isolators with the Ball N Cone system. seismarack.com 
Gusmer Enterprises presents "The Latest Innovations and Trends for the Upcoming Crush Season," a free, small group, technically based seminar. Locations and dates include San Luis Obispo on May 11, Lodi on May 12, Napa on May 13, and Sonoma on May 14. All seminars are from 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. with complimentary lunch provided.
Vintage Nurseries, in its effort to raise the bar in providing better products, better people and better service, has announced a new Materials Testing Laboratory that is scheduled to open this Spring.
For wineries the demands of color, depth, strength and balance do not just apply to the wine, but are equally as critical when considering the floor finish and other interiors within each part of the facility.
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., ‹ April 1, 2015 ‹Vivino today announced that more than 9 million people have downloaded its wine app since launch in April 2012, making it the world¹s most popular wine app. Fans of Vivino continue to discover, rate, review and share reds, whites, rosés and sparkling wines featured in the company's database of over five million wine labels, including Vivino's latest database of restaurant wine lists.
Portland, Ore. (April 1, 2015) – To celebrate the 2015 Craft Brewers Conference’s visit to the City of Roses, Wyeast Laboratories will release three commemorative yeast strains, each perfectly embodying the legendary mountain it is named after. Wyeast Laboratories was founded in Oregon in 1986 with the goal of providing a then-fledgling craft brewing industry with the ultimate in pure liquid yeast cultures. Wyeast Laboratories’ extensive variety of yeast strains allowed the brewing industry the opportunity to create the endless styles of beer that consumers around the world enjoy today. Wyeast Laboratories was named after the region’s “Wyeast” Mountain, which was the name given to Mount Hood by the native people.
Ardagh Group, Glass - North America, a division of Ardagh Group and a leading producer of glass containers for the food and beverage industries in the United States, is introducing two new 750ml wine bottles with Stelvin® closures.
March 27, 2015 Walnut Creek, CA – Today Marty Fischer, CEO -AgroThermal Systems, announced the selection of Pierre Paradis of Rainbow Valley Enterprises, to the Company’s growing list of certified application services. AgroThermal CEO, Fischer is enthusiastic expressing, “Pierre will play an integral role for AgroThermal, in the Oregon Willamette Valley, working as a certified applicator for the company’s patented technology. He will be responsible for applying Thermal Plant Treatment (TPT) in the vineyards and for helping to develop our growing list of vineyards eager to see the benefits of our technology.”
Muncie, Ind. – Ardagh Group, Glass – North America, a division of Ardagh Group and a leading producer of glass containers for the food and beverage industries in the United States, is introducing two new 750ml wine bottles with Stelvin® closures.
(Industry, Calif. and Goldsboro, N.C. - March 27, 2015) Centric Parts and AP Exhaust Technologies have announced a joint board agreement between the two companies. Under the agreement, AP’s executive chairman, Vange Proimos, will join the Centric Parts Board of Directors, and Centric president and CEO, Dan Lelchuk, will join the Board of AP.
ALEXANDRIA, MN. (March 2015) – Douglas’ Robot Maintenance Program provides preventive maintenance, machine assessment and informal hands-on training by an experienced Douglas robot technician. The program also includes a five-percent discount on current published hourly service rates. As an extension of the Douglas Reliability Assurance Program, the customizable Robot Maintenance Program provides knowledge and services to maximize productivity of equipment with robotic applications.
Castro Valley, Calif., March 25, 2015--Registration is open for the DTC Wine Sales Management Series, ideal for any winery manager responsible for direct sales, customer service, marketing and customer retention activities. The series includes four weekly, online workshops (each 1.5 hour session 9:00 -10:30 a.m. PST), e-workbook and a 1.5 hour one-on-one coaching session. Online workshop dates for the Q2 series are: April 7, 14, 21 and 28.
W2O Group announced today that it has acquired VinTank, a social engagement and customer relationship management (CRM) platform, to enable and enhance its technology-enabled client service offerings, founded by Paul Mabray and James Jory to service winery and small business owners. “To reach the majority of a brand’s audience, we are building a suite of services and software to reach the 1% who create content and the 9% who share it,” said Jim Weiss, chairman and chief executive office of W2O Group. “A modern day media offering will be defined, in the future, by who has the best influencer algorithms and media team, combined with the ability to know exactly who your audience is and how to most effectively reach them. Guessing is not a strategy.” Mabray has over 20 years in the wine and technology industry, and was the founder and CEO of the first and most successful wine ecommerce SaaS Company: WineDirect.com. Jory has been a technologist for over 25 years, and was the chief architect for eBay ProStores. Their technology targets customer engagement, calculates social media health for brands and implements innovative geo-fencing tools to support lead generation and prospective outreach. “Our team of data scientists can identify and build an audience for a brand, regardless of size,” said Bob Pearson, president of W2O Group. “VinTank provides us with a way to create agile audience engines for a brand, where we can learn what an audience is doing online, understand what content they like, evaluate who they follow and respect and, ultimately, redefine what “customer relationship management” means. Our goal is to build audiences that have the potential to shape the market.” Though VinTank has primarily focused on the wine and hospitality industries, its software has been recognized as one of the leaders in contextual customer engagement and is uniquely positioned to bring its innovative solution to any industry. As such, it will be a key critical piece of the W2O software S²aaS suite, which enhances and enables service excellence. “Our vision has always been to transform customer relationships and understanding through intelligent context,” said Mabray. “Joining the W2O team is a perfect fit to couple their powerful analytics and audience identifications tools with our data driven engagement software to supercharge the relationship between brands and their customers.” Read more about what the acquisition brings to W2O Group and the innovative approach Mabray will bring to the software practice on our Common Sense blog here.
Nomacorc released a new redesigned Select Bio closure that it claims is nearly indistinguishable from natural or “bark” cork. The Select Bio is 100% recyclable and produced with Nomacorc’s Plantcork material, which is made with plant-based polymers that also make the closure carbon neutral, according to the manufacturer. nomacorc.com
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