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  Inoxpa debuted the RVN Helicoidal Pump that is a centrifugal pump with a helicoidal shaped impeller. The supplier reports the pump is ideal for pump overs that require a high flow rate with minimal impact on the must and can even contribute to better extraction with reduced lees formation. The pump can also be used for wine transfers and other cellar operations.
  Isagro USA announced the California EPA has approved Taegro 2, which is a broad-spectrum biofungicide. The new compound can be used as protection from major soil-borne and foliar diseases and is suitable for conventional crops as well as on organic fields as it is listed with the Organic Materials Review Institute.
  Process2Wine announced an enhanced compliance reporting function to help vineyard managers by generating monthly pesticide use reports. Automated data entry is also coupled with GPS tracking of vineyard work to track which vineyard blocks have been sprayed, time of application and duration.
  Quest unveiled "The Unstandard" collection of 24 wine and spirits bottles at the recent Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America conference. The new line features bottles from a collection of manufacturers including Estal, Pavisa, Verallia, Allied, Bormioli Luigi and Piramal.
  Saverglass added the Aikido bottle mold to its Avant-Garde collection of glass. The bottle features "slanted shoulders punctuated by a chiseled" edge in a design that also is inspired by the "assertive lines from the world of spirits." The bottle is available in 750 ml and in antique green or clear glass.
San Luis Obispo, CA—After years in the trenches as a Central Coast winemaker and winery general manager, Fintan “Fin” du Fresne grew increasingly frustrated with the lack of local specialized service options—and now he is doing something about it.
  AWDirect, which provides wine and grape sourcing, brand development and sales support, is now offering wine canning services by The Can Van. Santa Rosa, Calif.-based AWDirect and The Can Van can provide 187ml, 250ml and 375ml cans in 24-can cases for domestic or international varietal and blended wines.
  Bex introduced the TWK Nozzle Series for cleaning and rinsing applications. The nozzles feature a self-rotating head to provide 360° spray coverage in a compact assembly. The nozzles can be installed in any orientation, operate up to 100 psi and 180°F and are ideal for vessels up to 10 feet in diameter.
  Bucher Vaslin introduced the Delta Evolution 2 destemmer to provide what it describes as "superior protection of the most fragile grape varieties" when paired with the company's Delta Trio XS sorter. The destemmer is equipped with a cylindrical cage that turns in the same direction as the destemming shaft to prevent any shear on the grapes.
  Green Grid and Wente Vineyards are collaborating to develop a "terrestrial, hyperspectral imaging system" that will enable high resolution spatial and temporal monitoring of vines to consistently produce high quality grapes at increased yield rate.
05/10/18
  P&L Specialties' new Must Vessel is designed to provide a simple way to move sorted and destemmed berries from the processing line to the fermentation tank. The stainless steel bin features 8-inch wheels with locking brakes and fork lift channels so it can be lifted above tanks.
  Roanoke Trade, a subsidiary of Munich Reinsurance Company, is now offering what it calls "quality shortfall coverage," which is based on the technology developed by eProvenance for monitoring wine during transport and storage. According to Roanoke, the new quality shortfall coverage will insure wine shipments during transit or while in storage incidental to transit.
  Scott Laboratories announced it is now the exclusive distributor of new machines and all parts, service and technical support for existing and new PALL Oenoflow crossflow systems in the North American wine industry.
May 2, 2018 Napa, CA Chatterbox has launched TAAS – telesales as a service to provide wineries with an opportunity to have highly trained Chatterbox sales professionals recover declined credit cards or bounced emails.
Livermore California - Locally grown technology startup, Green Grid Inc. (GGI), San Ramon, CA and Wente Vineyards, Livermore, CA have announced a project to develop a Terrestrial Hyperspectral Imaging System for Smart Vineyard Management that will enable high resolution spatial and temporal monitoring of vines to consistently produce high quality grapes at increased yield rate.
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