March 10, 2014
As more producers of higher-end and even superpremium-priced wine turn to screen-printed labels on bottles as a way to distinguish themselves on ever-crowded store shelves, local printing companies have been spending several million dollars upgrading equipment to handle a surge in orders.
“It came in at just the nick of time, because we needed it,” said Mike Bergin about Bergin Glass Impressions’ new equipment.
January 22, 2014
Richmond-based Monvera Glass Décor, which screen-prints labels on bottles for a number of North Coast wineries, on Wednesday said it completed a $1.6 million expansion, including the installation of a faster, more precise label printer.
January 13, 2014
FAIRFIELD — A major Pennsylvania-based alcoholic-beverage packaging distributor plans to consolidate its Bay Area operations, which have grown rapidly in recent years through several acquisitions and increasing demand from breweries, into a planned Fairfield “megacenter” set to have nearly 11 acres under roof when completed, anticipated for the end of this year.
December 9, 2013
Following in an interview with Steven Rhea, SVP of Strategic Development and Wine Sector GM for Verallia North America. Tell us a little bit about Verilla North America? Verallia North America has 13 manufacturing plants in the USA, with three dedicated to wine bottles. In California, we have two facilities focused on the wine industry, [...]
September 23, 2013
AMERICAN CANYON — Consumers often have limited options for recycling the petroleum-based foam that cushions and insulates wine bottles during shipment, but a Napa Valley wine packaging company thinks it has found a way to make such recycling as easy as turning on a water spigot or stirring a compost pile.
September 16, 2013
BENICIA — Bruni Glass Packaging, Inc., which supplies the wine industry with bottles, capsules and closures, plans to consolidate its warehouses and showroom here to one larger facility in Fairfield this fall.
November 26, 2012
The Business Journal’s Nov. 12 Bottle & Wine Packaging Companies list [p. 7] contained incorrect information.
March 12, 2012
One of the ways that some vintners are looking to distinguish the look of their high-end wines is novel bottle embellishments. On the mass-market end of the wine business, rising fuel prices are bringing back the escalating freight surcharges of 2008 at a time when vintners also are facing rapidly rising prices for bulk wine and grapes for new and renewing contracts.
September 19, 2011
As Patrick Krutz, maker of a Sonoma County-based luxury-tier small-scale brand, looks for the best vessel to carry his new music industry-oriented second label into venues where such bands play, he’s considering a single-serving plastic pouch. Meanwhile in Napa Valley, people behind the edgy X Winery, Miracle One Wines and Clif Bar energy snacks have opted for a 1.5-liter spout-equipped bag without the box for new wine ventures.
September 20, 2010
The “giant 47-pound rooster” will still strut its stuff on the HRM Rex Goliath label, but the new design for the top-selling popular-premium-tier wine brand is getting a makeover as part of a trend in wine packaging somewhat away from the fanciful and more toward the traditional.
August 27, 2010
SONOMA COUNTY — The California Legislature today unanimously approved a conjunctive-labeling bill that would require wines bearing the names of any of Sonoma County’s 13 designated winegrowing regions to also carry the county name as prominently on the bottle.
On Monday the state Senate voted 36-0 in favor of Assembly Bill 1798, penned by Assemblymembers Jared Huffman, D-San Rafael, Wesley Chesbro, D-Arcata, and state Senators Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, and Patricia Wiggins, D-Santa Rosa. The Assembly passed it today with a 74-0 vote. Now, the bill goes to the governor’s desk for signature.
April 30, 2010
SONOMA COUNTY — A bid to make the Sonoma County name a standard descriptive feature on all wines made from grapes grown in its winegrowing regions, called conjunctive labeling, reached a significant stage today as grower and winery trade groups reached consensus to back state legislation this year to make it happen.
Leaders of Sonoma County Vintners,
April 26, 2010
NAPA — WineBev Repack Services, the business side of an organization that trains disabled adults with marketable skills, has expanded to a south Napa facility three times as large.
April 12, 2010
NAPA — The newly established U.S. distributor for the longstanding French natural cork producer The Gabriel Group has added aluminum screw caps to its product portfolio via an importation agreement with one of India’s largest producers of the closures.
April 9, 2010
UKIAH and BENICIA — Rivercap SA of Spain and Sparflex SA of France, which are major producers of beverage packaging, have agreed to merge their capsule operations for the wine and spirits industries, which includes the Rivercap distributorship in Benicia and the Sparflex capsule plant in Ukiah.
March 15, 2010
AMERICAN CANYON — The North Coast impact of a recent multibillion-dollar divestiture of various divisions of Alcan Packaging, which makes the Stelvin line of aluminum screw cap wine closures, is expected to be more production capacity soon at the southern Napa Valley plant.
March 8, 2010
Vintners now have more options for lighter-weight glass to save money on purchasing and bottling and exotic bottle shapes for attention-grabbing packaging.
February 8, 2010
SANTA ROSA — North Coast vintners have a new option for purchasing bottles and packaging.