Weekly Update : Week 2 : 8-12 January 2024

Weekly Update

Week 2 : 8 – 12 January 2024

Operations Update

The National Organic Program is coming! 

We reported late last year that we are looking into our obligations to implement new organic protocols established by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Organic Program (NOP).

Our customers and all others who sell wine labeled ORGANIC will have obligations to fulfill.  The amendments protect integrity in the organic supply chain and build consumer and industry trust in the USDA organic label by strengthening organic control systems, improving farm-to-market traceability, and providing robust enforcement of the USDA organic regulations. 

We are currently engaging with organic certifying agents to configure our workflows and comply with our obligations as the importer of record.  We will shortly be confirming with our customers 1) What organic products you will be importing after March 2024, and 2) What obligations you vs your suppliers will need to action.

Again, we urge you to START NOW to identify those products in your book that are organic, identify products that you import in 2024 that are labeled organic, and confirm that you have in-country organic certification via an authorized entity for each label.

Please be prepared to share that information with us. We can not get our certification without reporting these products, and will we need to provide the corresponding certifications as part of our application process.

The Impact of Slow Steaming on Container Supply and ETAs

Slow steaming is here to stay. During the pandemic container lines increased shipping speeds by up to 4% due to strong demand and port congestion. In 2023, ship speeds slowed by 4% back to pre-pandemic levels with further decreases on the horizon. Starting January 1st, new EU emission standards (International Maritime Organisation) may slow down vessels even further as Liner operators seek to comply with the new regulations and reduce costs.

What does this mean for your shipments?
In the first two weeks of 2024, we have experienced a noticeable uptick in vessel delays with ships delayed between 3 – 10 days from their original ETA.

The delay in vessel ETA is further compounded by recent events in the Red Sea and the challenges experienced in the Panama Canal as vessels are re-routed to avoid these lanes.  To account for these potential delays we urge customers to order earlier to ensure their inventory is available when needed. Allow for extra time, we recommend 3-4 weeks to be safe.

Rail Strike in Germany 

German rail transportation has stopped due to strike action.  The strike will likely start on January 10th and run for three days.  Rail operators, drivers, farmers, and freight forwarders will all take part in the strike which is expected to significantly restrict transportation throughout the country and at German Ports. It is likely to cause delays at Ports and road/railways over the coming weeks.

Building Containers | LCL Spaces Available 

We are filling containers now:  below is the number of cases to be booked BEFORE we close the doors on the next sailing.
France to Oakland: 500 cases
France (FOS) to New York: 500 cases
France (Le Havre) Insulated to New York : 935. * New Dry Service
Spain to Oakland: 970 cases
Italy to Oakland: 100 cases *Get in Quick
Germany to New York: 750 cases
Portugal to New York: 725 cases
Austria to New York: 50 cases *Get in Quick
New Zealand to Oakland: 1100 cases
France to Seattle: 1050 cases
Australia to New York: Full
Georgia to New York: Full

NEW LANES for Q1: Building New Containers!

Argentina/Chile to New York: 1200 cases
Italy to Seattle: 1200 cases
Portugal to Oakland: 1200 cases


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News to Know

Can TikTok help future-proof the drinks industry | The Drink Business

TikTok is fast becoming the platform of choice to market drinks to GenZ.  With 83% of GenZ saying they have purchased food or drink after seeing it on social media.  TikTokers are also using the platform to educate consumers and introduce their books!

Consumer demand for cocktails up 20% | The Spirits Business  

Research shows that both alcoholic and zero-ABV canned cocktails are resonating with drinkers in the US. Behavioral research platform Veylinx has released its latest batch of consumer data, charting an increase in demand for canned cocktails of all-proof.

Napa Valley Robot ‘sommelier’ spurs debate on AI in the wine business | NorthBay Business Journal 

A new robotic “sommelier” named Robinovino is proving to be a unique attraction in Napas Calistoga’s Lincoln Avenue tasting center.

New Zealand Winegrowers Report 96% of Vineyards are Now Certified Sustainable | Food and Wine.com

The New Zealand Winegrowers 2022 Sustainability Report makes a strong case for the country being one of the greenest in the world for wine production.