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MASILVA is Awarded the 2019 WINnovation Award for SARA Advanced® Technology

11.15.2019

Wine Industry Network is proud to announce MASILVA’s SARA ADVANCED® process as one of this year’s winners of a 2019 WINnovation Award. The SARA ADVANCED® process is unique in its meticulous treatment of corks, and has created a product that virtually takes away the guesswork of using natural corks.

Neil Foster, President of M.A. Silva USA, is pleased at the award. “We created this new state of the art process to be preventive and curative. This cutting-edge technology uses dry steam, temperature, and pressure to dramatically reduce TCA and other phenols.”

The original SARA process was developed to process granulate corks, used for Champagne corks and other technical closures. Their newest innovation for treating natural corks, the SARA ADVANCED® process, is being used for natural, Silktop and Champagne corks. Says Foster, “We’d seen the benefits on our granules used for the technical corks, and we’d been studying to find the process for straight wine natural corks. We went back to the drawing board. We had to understand straight wine natural cork and work to enhance the cleanliness.”  Globally, MASILVA produces in excess of 600 million corks per year.

As for the technical details, this proprietary cutting-edge technology is something Foster describes with pride, “It’s a process we do after we’ve punch the corks. It’s a combination of temperature and pressure, where water is vaporized, creating dry steam. No water particles are in suspension. No moisture. It relies on the elastic memory of corks, using dry steam, temperature, and pressure to dramatically reduce TCA and other phenols.”

Using this process, corks become more neutral. The stronger aromas are cleansed, giving more of a constant sensory aroma when the corks are soaked. Reducing phenolic compounds is the goal, and with this process, they have determined that the corks are much more consistent, cleaner, and neutral.

“MA Silva’s new SARA Advanced process shows their continued commitment to deliver a closure that winemakers can trust as well as leadership in the natural cork category. The curative and preventive process of SARA Advanced is both an innovative approach to natural cork and technical achievement that’s worthy of recognition," says George Christie, President Wine Industry Network

 

M.A. Silva USA has been partnering with Alexandre Schmitt to research aroma molecules in cork closures. The world’s foremost expert in wine scents, Schmitt was brought on to assess cork phenolic compounds. Says Foster, “This was part of the program; we wanted him to evaluate this process. We also have other methods of testing; chemical, etc. What’s important to many winemakers is what potential impact the cork will have on the wine, aromatically. The idea of using Schmitt was having him do a number of sensory evaluations. Foster continues, “Winemakers look for the cleanest possible cork that has the least impact on wine. They want zero TCA and sensory neutrality.”

 

In a video of his testing, corks were soaked for 24 hours then tested to see if they altered aromas of the wine. Standard corks had more inconsistencies and less neutrality than those that had undergone the SARA ADVANCED® process.

 

MASILVA’s goal is to continue providing a higher quality product that doesn’t impact wine quality.  The SARA ADVANCED® technology is now a standard process, applied to all regular inventory of corks. Says Foster, “As a company we’re striving to deliver the best-performing corks in the industry. This is a result of financial investment and commitment to quality that has been part of MASILVA philosophy and strategy within the last decade .”  

 

Join WIN for the awards reception at the North Bay Business Journal’s Wine, Spirits, and Beer Awards at the Doubletree Hotel in Rohnert Park, CA on December 3rd, 2019. Learn more at M.A. Silva USA’s booth at the WIN Expo at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds on December 5th, 2019.

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M. A. Silva USA hires Chris Taylor as Purchasing & Supply Chain Manager

07.23.2019

M. A. Silva USA, the leading manufacturer of premium corks, glass and packaging in Sonoma County, announced the addition of Chris Taylor as Purchasing and Supply Chain Manager.

Chris has over 25 years operational leadership experience from the highly-regulated aerospace industry including all aspects of Procurement, Material Handling, Inventory Control, ERP Management, Supplier Performance Management and Risk Mitigation. In his new position, Chris will lead the Purchasing and Supply Chain Departments. His responsibilities, to name a few, will be supplier & commodity strategy, domestic and European sourcing, logistics, direct purchasing and indirect purchasing. He will utilize key expertise in lean manufacturing principles to instill continuous end-to-end improvements in all areas leading to overall production efficiency.

“We are excited to add Chris to our growing team! He brings a wealth of experience to our business.” - Neil Foster, M.A. Silva USA President.

Chris is new to the wine packaging industry and is looking forward to the challenges he will face in implementing his expertise within the company. In his free time, Chris enjoys photography, racquetball, and flea markets. He resides in Santa Rosa with his wife Sharon of nearly 30 years. Their two children have left the nest and are onto successful careers in recruiting and software engineering.

Chris can be contacted via e-mail at ctaylor@masilva.com or by phone at 707.508.3297.

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SARA advanced® new system for reducing TCA

11.29.2018

Our NEW product SARA advanced® significantly reducing levels of TCA.  State-of-the-art technology has been developed to sterilize and improve the quality of natural cork stoppers.

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North Bay Fire
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Cork Industry Makes Donation in Support of the California Wine Community

12.08.2017

The Portuguese Cork Association (APCOR) and its California-based affiliate, the Cork Quality Council (CQC), and its member companies – Portocork, Amorim Cork America, Scott Laboratories, M.A. Silva Corks USA, Lafitte Cork & Capsule, and Cork Supply USA – have made a combined donation of $70,000 to assist the victims of the 2017 North Bay wild fires. In addition, the CQC has pledged a donation of 200 cork oak trees to be planted in support of reforestation efforts. ...

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Best Wine Industry Award
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M. A. Silva USA Wins NBBJ 2017 Best Wine Industry Supplier Award

12.06.2017

M.A. Silva USA has been a recognized leader in the wine cork business for over 45 years, and is an award-winning manufacturer of the finest premium corks, glass and packaging for North American markets. ...

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Inc. 5000 List
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M. A. Silva USA Has Been Named to the Inc. 5000 List

08.15.2017

M. A. Silva USA, the leading manufacturer of premium corks, glass and packaging, announced today that it has been named to the Inc. 5000 list of the fastest-growing, privately held companies in the United States. The Inc. 5000 list ranks private companies according to percentage ...

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New Facility in Portugal
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M. A. Silva Announced New Manufacturing Facility In Portugal

08.14.2017

Sonoma County based M. A. Silva USA announced a new manufacturing facility located in Santa Maria de Feira, Portugal. The 64,500-square-foot building is dedicated to the production of sparkling and technical cork closures.

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Best Cork Supplier 2017
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M. A. Silva USA wins Best Cork Supplier awards, Best Bottle Supplier award and Excellence Award for Sustainable Manufacturing

04.18.2017

Sonoma County based M. A. Silva USA has received the 2017 Best Cork Supplier award by Vineyard & Winery Management Magazine, 2017 Best Cork & Bottle Supplier award and 2017 Excellence Award for Sustainable Manufacturing by Trade Monthly Magazine.

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M. A. Silva USA Received Wine Industry Award for Glass & Cork

11.15.2016

Sonoma County based M. A. Silva USA has been selected as the recipient of the North Bay Business Journal’s Wine Industry Award of 2016 in the glass & cork supply category. From nominations, the Journal selected notable industry suppliers that rise above all others in the wine industry. ...

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M. A. Silva USA Six-Time Winner of the "Best Places to Work" Award

08.25.2016

M. A. Silva USA has been recognized by the North Bay Business Journal as one of the Best Places to Work in the North Bay for the sixth time. This repeated recognition underscores the company’s ongoing commitment to providing an environment where employees can thrive and make visible contributions to business growth. ...

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M. A. Silva USA Receives 2016 North Bay Maker Award

07.04.2016

M. A. Silva USA has been selected as one of the companies to be honored at the North Bay Business Journal's 2016 North Bay Maker Awards. This award - formerly known as Manufacturing Awards - is given to the most outstanding and innovative manufacturers in the North Bay ...

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M. A. Silva USA Named Best Cork Supplier For The Third Time

03.04.2016

M. A. Silva USA has been named 2016 Best Cork Supplier by Vineyard & Winery Management magazine. Around 700 wine industry professionals participated in the annual survey spanning 25 categories ...

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M. A. Silva Developed 100% TCA Inspected Cork Testing Method

01.25.2016

M. A. Silva has developed an individual cork testing method to deliver 100% TCA inspected corks. This fully automated process is based on cutting edge gas phase spectroscopy and available for high end natural cork to seal ultra-premium wines ...

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M. A. Silva USA Donates $10,000 To Support Valley Fire Victims

12.01.2015

M. A. Silva has donated $10,000 to the Lake County Rising Fire Relief Fund to support victims of the Valley Fire and other 2015 fires that have devastated many homes and businesses in Middletown and Cobb, spreading from Lake County into Sonoma and Napa counties. Additional generous donations from employees supplemented this effort ...

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M. A. Silva USA Received North Bay Business Journal's Wine Industry Award For The Second Time

11.01.2015

M. A. Silva, the leading manufacturer of cork, glass and packaging, has been selected as a recipient of the North Bay Business Journal’s Wine Industry Award of 2015. From nominations, the Journal selected notable industry suppliers for their individual growth and innovations ...

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M. A. Silva USA Named The Best Cork And Bottle Supplier For The Second Time

03.14.2015

M .A. Silva has been named 2015 Best Cork and Bottle Supplier by the Vineyard & Winery Management magazine. This distinction was determinded through the evaluation of a survey conducted among 1,000 wine industry professionals. Cork clients appreciate receiving a "very consistent product" with "no TCA" and "a guarantee of quality." They also touted the company's ...

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M.A. Silva USA Awarded Best Cork & Bottle Supplier by Wine Industry Peers Cork Leader Finds Success & illuminates the Vital Marriage between Cork & Glass

05.22.2013

M.A. Silva USA has been named Best Cork and Best Bottle Supplier 2013 by the leading North American wine industry trade magazine; Vineyard & Winery Management.

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M.A. Silva USA First Cork Supplier in U.S. to Offer High Resolution Laser Cork Printing

01.06.2013

Sonoma County based M.A. Silva USA, now offers revolutionary cork laser printing technology with the highest capable image resolution for printing natural cork stoppers. M.A. Silva is delighted to present the D-CLP laser printer within their Diamond Program of premium services, along with D-GC/MS testing.

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North Bay Business Journal 2012 Best Places to Work

03.19.2012

“All team members focus on the best quality and outcomes for our clients. Even during challenging economic times, we improved our benefit package and retirement plans…”

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M.A. Silva Corks, USA Expands their Analytical Lab to Include GC/MS Technology

05.04.2011

M.A. Silva Corks, USA is now operating a Gas Chromatograph/Mass Spectrometer (GC/MS) in their Santa Rosa production facility. This instrument will further the research and quality protection methods of M.A. Silva Corks, USA.

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