Top ‘green’ rating for Wines of SA

first_img5 February 2009A major international trade journal with a global readership has rated Wines of South Africa (WOSA) one of the world’s most influential beverage organisations in building public awareness of the environment.WOSA was listed in fifth position, just behind US President Barack Obama (in fourth), but ahead of any other national wine marketing body, on its Green List by The Drinks Business, a specialist beverage publication with an international circulation amongst key decision makers in the beverage industry.The Green List, published in January, identifies the 50 most influential drinks companies, individuals and organisations who have made caring for the environment their priority by focusing on such issues as renewable energy, reducing the use of water, measuring carbon emissions and addressing packaging. It highlights how “even in the midst of an economic crisis, the drinks industry continues to prick consciences and have a strong environmental influence over many consumers”.The first three positions on the Green List were taken by multinational retail giants Tesco, Carrefour and Wal-Mart respectively.Unique positioningWOSA CEO Su Birch said the acknowledgement of South Africa’s role in promoting best-practice in sustainable wine production was helping to still further advance the country’s unique positioning as a producer of highly varied wines and wine styles in a way that celebrates and protects its uniquely abundant biodiversity.The Drinks Business praised WOSA for its involvement in the partnership between the wine industry and the conservation sector in minimising further loss of threatened natural habitat, which had “contributed to sustainable wine production through the adoption of biodiversity guidelines”, and identified the Integrated Production of wine (IPW) which focused on “every stage in the production process from environmental impact studies and the correct preparation of soil to the use of recyclable packaging”.“In the present economic climate, in which consumers are more circumspect when spending their money, they are seeking not only outstanding value, which South Africa is able to offer across all pricing segments and a wealth of styles, but also an affirmation of production integrity,” Birch said.She said South Africa’s eco-sustainable wine production standards were regarded as the most progressive in the wine world. “That we are in the company of the world’s most powerful retail chains, who are able to exercise significant influence, as well as the new and highly popular president of the United States, makes us feel extremely proud.”Birch added that the country’s Variety Is In Our Nature marketing strategy, which had served to set it apart from its competitors, had played an important role in building South Africa’s global footprint.Export growthSouth Africa is now the fastest-growing supplier of wines to the UK market, with a 22% year-on-year volume increase, according to recent AC Nielsen data, she said. The country occupied fifth position by volume with a 10% share of the UK market, which had recently been identified in a Vinexpo-commissioned study as the world’s largest consumer of imported wine with 1.6-billion bottles purchased in 2007.Exports to Germany, the Netherlands and Scandinavia had also shown substantial growth. South Africa is now the front-ranking New World player in Germany, Holland and Sweden. While final figures are still awaited from SA Wine Information Systems (SAWIS), it is estimated that more than 400-million litres of wine left South Africa’s shores in 2008.“Earlier this decade we set ourselves a goal of achieving annual exports of 300-million litres a year by 2010, a level we managed to reach in 2007,” Birch said. “Now we continue to build our international presence in established and newer markets, such as Africa, Eastern Europe and parts of Asia.”Biodiversity and Wine InitiativeBirch also lauded the role of the Biodiversity and Wine Initiative (BWI) in promoting and protecting biodiversity within the Cape Floral Kingdom, where over 95% of the country’s wines originate.“In less than four years, local wine producers, under the auspices of the BWI, have set aside 112 550 hectares for long-term conservation – significantly more than the total national vineyard of 102 000 hectares, and new members are committing to the project on an ongoing basis.”South Africa is the ninth biggest wine producer in the world, with 101 957 hectares cultivated to vine, representing 3% of global output.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publicationor on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

New ExactEmerge Retrofit Kit available for late-model John Deere planters

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest ExactEmerge conversion components fit newer 1770NT, 1790 and DB planters John Deere is making it easier for customers with late-model John Deere planters to increase planting speed while improving accuracy and performance with the ExactEmerge Retrofit Kit. This conversion kit provides corn and soybean producers with the latest performance-enhancing ExactEmerge technology that allows them to significantly increase productivity and crop yields through more timely and accurate seed placement.“Producers realize that seed depth accuracy, spacing, and population are critically important. Crop residue management and timely planting also help to achieve maximum yield,” says Adam Sipes, product specialist with John Deere Seeding Group. “By retrofitting their late model John Deere planter with ExactEmerge components, customers can expect up to a 100% increase in planting speed, at least a 10 percent improvement in seed spacing accuracy, and improved performance on side hills, all without impacting depth control.”The ExactEmerge Retrofit Kits are available for model year 2011 and newer 1770NT CCS and 1790 planters as well as model year 2012 and newer DB Series planters. ExactEmerge conversion components includes meter and hopper assemblies, cartridge assemblies, 56v electric drives and row unit controller assemblies, scrapers, cartridge guards, and mounting hardware. Other components include planter controller with SeedStar 3 HP, backbone harness and tractor power generation harnessing, vacuum automation, and curve compensation capability.Kits require the use of tractor power generation and GreenStar 3 2630 Display for full operation. Depending on model of planter and tractor, additional components may be needed to complete the retrofit.“The ExactEmerge technology is revolutionizing the planting industry,” Sipes adds. “The Retrofit Kit now gives more customers the ability to incorporate much of this technology onto their existing late-model planters and gain these improvements for themselves.”For more information on the new ExactEmerge Retrofit Kits for late-model John Deere planters, see your local John Deere dealer or visit www.JohnDeere.com/Ag.last_img read more

Games Village is the best ever, claims Kalmadi

first_imgCommonwealth Games organising committee (OC) chairman Suresh Kalmadi today claimed that the standard of training facilities available at the Delhi Games Village is best in the world.”The standard of training facilities that are available here are not available anywhere else in the world. This is one of the best Games Villages that anyone has seen,” Kalmadi said on the occasion of the soft launch of the Commonwealth Games Village here today.”All the facilities in the Village are top class and I am sure the athletes are going to love it. “The training areas comprising of the swimming pool, athletic track, gymnasium, weightlifting and wrestling areas are simply wonderful. In a Games Village, generally, all these facilities are not available at such a large scale,” he added.Putting to rest all rumours about the readiness of the Games Village, Kalmadi, himself led the media contingent to the various parts of the Games Village.”The whole village is ready. The international, the training centres and the accommodations are all in place. The Games Village will open from September 23 and we will have a lot of athletes coming in on September 23, 24 and 25 and they will continue to come till October 2,” said Kalmadi.He also stressed that it is not only their stay at the Games Village that the athletes are going to enjoy but also the event as a whole. “Every evening we are going to have entertainment programmes for the athletes.”Also for the first time, the athletes would be watching the opening ceremony of the CWG. Usually, after the march past they go outside. But here they would come back and sit inside the stadium and watch the cultural programmes, which is going to show 500 years of Indian culture.advertisement”By the time they will go back they will be like a family. They will come as a friend and go back as family. They will enjoy themselves,” said Kalmadi.Addressing the security concerns during the sporting extravaganza that is going to take place from October 3-14, the OC Chairman said, “We just had a security meeting and all issues of security have been sorted out. The Delhi Police have done a great job.”In fact, some of the top officials of Delhi Police have previous experiences of how to run the security during the Games as they have been to Olympics and Commonwealth Games in other countries. The security in the Games Village is of top priority and I am very happy with the arrangement.”All 71 countries are coming. Nobody is afraid. Everyone’s coming. The CWG Association had comprised a team, who used to visit India after every two months. So everyone’s happy about the security,” Kalmadi said.Speaking on the utilisation of the space in the Village, which is spread over 158.4 acres of land, after the Games are over, Kalmadi said it would be a challenge. “There have been a lot of discussion on how to utilise large portions of land after the Games are over. Usually, after such big events there is always a question of how to use these structures and that is a challenge.”The DDA has a lot of sports background. They have opened lot of clubs in the city. After the Asian Games, they opened clubs for the public use and I am sure in this case also they will use it for the public,” he said.Kalmadi also rubbished reports that Dengue will pose a threat to the athletes as the Games Village is still surrounded by a lot of flood water from Yamuna and said there is no need to panic.”Central government, State govt and the MCD are on war footing as far as Dengue is concerned. Lot of Insecticides have been put into place. Lot of fogging is also being done. “The fogging of the Games Village is going to take place from tomorrow. So, we are taking all steps to have safe and healthy Games. There is no cause for alarm at all.last_img read more

The hottest sets of wheels and hi-tech gizmos

first_imgAs television sets get ‘smart’, phones double up as personal organisers and music systems turn living rooms into acoustic ensembles, there’s ample variety for the gadget-loving guy today. Be it convertible sports cars that satisfy your need for speed or classy collectors’ pieces for watch lovers, choose your indulgence from,As television sets get ‘smart’, phones double up as personal organisers and music systems turn living rooms into acoustic ensembles, there’s ample variety for the gadget-loving guy today. Be it convertible sports cars that satisfy your need for speed or classy collectors’ pieces for watch lovers, choose your indulgence from our top picks.Watch outThe Rolex Oyster Perpetual Day and Date is the ultimate in luxury. The glitzy watch whose design dates back to 1956 has wrist accessories in gold and one variant even comes studded with diamonds. This model gets its name from the tiny calendar placed inside the dial. This Rolex also boasts of the Oyster waterproof design, which was first invented in 1926 but has been updated to keep up with the times by the watchmaker ever since. The design can withstand water up to a depth of 100 metres. The fluted case back is screwed on using a special tool exclusive to Rolex watchmakers. Imperative for the effective functioning of the day-date feature, this case provides protection from water as well as dust, shock and pressure.Cost: Rs 27 lakh.Where: Rolex Boutique, UB City, Bangalore.Tel: 22113976.Hot wheelsLaunched in 2010, the Ducati Diavel remains one of Ducati’s top-selling models. This sports cruiser is a beefy machine with a commanding presence weighing 207 kg but is still agile and free flowing-signature characteristics of the Italian brand. Its name, rather appropriately, is inspired by the word for the ‘devil’ in the Bolognese dialect.The design team responsible for this motorbike says that they have tried to create a machine that is reminiscent of an athlete on the starting blocks, with regards to their frontal design for the bike. So the product does not represent anger so much as it exudes readiness, dominance and confidence, bordering on superiority with features such as a massive 240 section rear tyre that encases stunning custom 14-spoke wheels with machinefinished detailing and 162 horse power. This Ducati has a hands-free ignition where an electronic key in a rider’s pocket communicates with the motorcycle from a distance of two meters through a designated code.Cost: Rs 25 lakh.Where: Aadya Motors, Nagawara, Bangalore.Tel: 66534537.advertisementTop gearPowerful, dynamic and bold-these are the words that come to mind when you glance at the R8 Spyder, the high-performance sports car by Audi. The sporty Audi single frame and the large air intakes are instant indicators that this is a smart, sleek and stylish sports car. The rear spoiler is automatically extended at 100 km/h and retracts into the vehicle silhouette at 35 km/h. The hand made V8 mid-engine generates 316 kW (430 bhp) and accelerates the Audi R8 Spyder from 0 to 100 km/h in just 4.8 seconds going up to a top speed of 300 km/h. The mid-engine concept ensures a balanced load distribution and excellent handling properties. The interiors have a classic motor racing feel-ergonomically shaped sports seats with highquality seat covers.The heated rear window can be lowered electrically and also serves as a wind deflector when the hood is open. The car comes equipped with a sound system ensuring excellent sound quality, whether the roof is open or closed. The designers have paid great attention to the utilities inside the cabin like an illuminated storage compartment in the rear panel that offers space for sunglasses, an iPod or the optional CD changer.Cost: Rs 1.3 Crore.Where: Audi Bangalore, Hosur Main Road, Electronic City, Bangalore.Tel: 28521547.Game onThe PS VITA makes sure you’re never too far from your favourite game. A successor of the PlayStation Portable, this is a competitor to the Nintendo 3DS. PS stand for PlayStation and ‘vita’ means ‘life’ in Latin. It’s a fun-sized gizmo in a ‘super oval’ shape with a five-inch OLED touch screen and supports Bluetooth and WiFi. 3G services are available only in the higher-end model. Internally, the Vita has a four-core ARM Cortex-A9 MP Core processor and a four-core SGX543MP4+ graphics processing unit. It wows with the combination of touch features and buttons as opposed to only touch in gadgets like the iPhone. Play games like FI 2011 and FIFA Football on this gizmo. You can browse Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare and Skype. It even has two 0.3 MP cameras (front and rear). Standard memory cards cannot be used with the PS VITA. Instead, you need to buy specific PS VITA memory cards, which are a tad more expensive, and are available in sizes between 4GB to 32GB.Cost: Rs 25,000.Where: Sony Centre, 100 ft. Road, Indira Nagar, Bangalore.Tel: 42116677.Smart talkIf you thought the iPhone was the height of ‘style meets substance,’ then think again. The Tag Heuer Night Racer Titanium has arrived, blending in the technical aptitude that Tag Heuer is known for, along with great class and style. Made from titanium, this phone designed by the popular watchmakers is corrosion resistant, shockproof, airtight and twice as light as steel. In addition to standard features like an Android operating system, larger keyboard for easier typing, it also has a new download manager and support for languages, voice and video chat, along with many business and entertainment applications. Other features include 11-hour music playtime that is compatible with different file formats and a 5 MP camera. With its stylish looks and power packed features, this luxury mobile phone is all that you could possibly want it to be.Cost: Rs 2.9 lakh.Where: F10-A, UB City, Vittal Mallya Road, Bangalore.Tel: 40982109.advertisementClass apartOwn the road when you get behind the wheel of this six cylinder, automatic six speed sedan. The BMW 7 Series is beautiful and boasts of features that are bound to make many a head turn for a second look. In India, it is available in three engine variants. It has an unmistakable look with modified front apron and striking LED headlights, which makes sure it gets noticed whether day or night. Just as impressive is the interior of the car. Velour floor mats and the newly-designed leather seats offer optimum lateral support for unbeatable long-distance comfort. Individual seats are even available in the rear of the car. Couple this with the standard rear seat entertainment package with a new 9.2-inch flat screen monitor, 6-disk DVD changer and 16-speakers audio system for state-of-the-art acoustics. A new and upgraded engine means fuel savings of up to almost 25 percent.Cost: Rs 1.4 crore.Where: Navnit Motors, Hosur Road, Near Electronic City, Bangalore.Tel: 28520060.Sound alertThe new Bose Videowave Entertainment System combines a home theatre sound system, LCD display and a music player in this revolutionary product. For the first time, all your digital entertainment needs are contained in one high-performance unit and operated with a single click pad remote control and interface on the screen. The click pad comes with a built-in sensor and only has buttons for the most basic functions. In fact, it doesn’t even need to be aimed in the right direction when being operated. The product allows connection for up to five high-definition entertainment players, through a single, hassle-free cable and comes with a dock for iPods/iPhones. Some unique features include video mute, which allows a user to enjoy music without the picture; and audio calibration technology ensures the best sound possible for any room as it recognises the room’s size, even furniture, and adjusts the sound automatically.Cost: Rs 4.8 lakh.Where: The Bose Store, The Forum Mall, Kormangala, Bangalore.Tel: 22067645.Mean machineWho doesn’t love a Harley? The romantic notions that this legendary monster motorbike conjures of youth, freedom and the road less travelled has led many a bike lover to the highway, not only in the USA, its country of origin, but around the world. The options available to Harley fans in India have been stepped up a notch with the introduction of the Harley Davidson Ultra Classic Electra Glide (CVO). A Harley like no other, the Ultra Classic has temperature controlled seats, handlebar grips, bucket seats for the pillion and speakers too. The bike is literally a mobile island of comfort that also makes a great style statement. Touring models, like this particular one, are recognisable by their large saddle bags, rear coil-over air suspension and are the only models to offer Radios/CBs.Cost: Starting at Rs 35 lakh.Where: 55/2, Lavelle Road, Bangalore.Tel: 41487676.advertisementSpeed thrills Quench your ‘need for speed’ with this high-octane creation by German super car makers, Porsche, the Panamera Turbo. This Porsche is a dream machine that has been created and engineered to manoeuvre the German autobahns but also works just as excellently on roads across the world. Originally launched in 2009, despite the three years past since then, the Panamera still remains the final word in luxury road travel in India. Powered by a 4.8-litre twin-turbo engine, an output of 500 hp and 700 Nm of torque, it can go from 1 to 100 kmph in just 4.2 seconds and reach a top speed of 303 kmph. Porsche’s answer to the BMW 7 series, the Audi A8 and the Mercedes-Benz S Class, virtually every part of this car can be customised. This smart car even remembers a driver’s seat and exterior mirror positions through memory packages. The front seats can also be heated to an optimal temperature and the audio system comes with a voice-control feature that allows the user to give speech commands for help with navigation or even just to listen to the radio.Cost: Rs 2 crore.Where: Porsche Centre Bangalore, 28 Lavelle Road, Bangalore.Tel: 89495911.Big pictureBang and Olufsen, the Dutch designers known for their elegant style and technical superiority, have brought out a phenomenal tech toy that promises to provide a viewing experience like no other. On a Beovision 4-103, the details are lucid, the colours rich and lifelike and the movements on screen smooth and fluid. If 3D doesn’t quite cut it for you, then the active shutter glasses give each eye the advantage of full resolution, which makes you feel as close to the onscreen action as possible. And no need to worry about your eyesight because the adaptable VisionClear picture technology ensures that the highest picture quality is delivered irrespective of the environment. This means that regardless of whether the surroundings are bright or dim or day or night, the Automatic Picture Control sensor continually measures ambient light to adjust light output from the screen to ensure that your eyes are never under strain.Cost: Rs 40 lakh for an 85 inch screen.Where: Bang and Olufsen, UB City, Bangalore.Tel: 41738875.Smart clickThe Canon EOS C300 is not for your family vacations, but for the serious photographer and filmmaker. Released to satiate the needs for high-end and even Bollywood film makers in India, the camera features a Super 35 mm-equivalent approximately 8.29 megapixel CMOS sensor ideally suited for digital cinematography. With a compact body design, the Canon EOS C300/C300 PL delivers exceptional maneuverability, enabling shooting from vantage points that are all but inaccessible to large cinema cameras, such as close to the ground for highimpact low-angle shots and alongside walls. Earlier models of Canon cameras have been used in the production of movies like Stanley Ka Dabba, and Agent Vinod.Cost: Rs 9.4 lakh.Where: Canon Image Square, Park Sqaure Mall, ITPL, Whitefield, Bangalore.Tel: 28026547.last_img read more