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Viticulture briefs

<b>Treasury signs production, packaging agreement with Accolade</b>

Treasury Wine Estates, the Australian company that owns wine brands including Beringer, Chateau St. Jean and Cellar No. 8, has signed agreements to provide production and packaging services for Accolade Wines in the United States.

Accolade, also based in Australia, owns Geyser Peak and other brands.

Treasury will perform contract packaging at its Napa bottling facility and permit Accolade to make wine at TWE's Asti winery.

"These contracts will help TWE 'win in the Americas' which is a key strategic focus for us in (fiscal year) '14," said Stuart McNab, chief supply officer for Treasury, in a news release.

The multi-year packaging contract will begin this month and the production arrangements at Asti will start during the 2014 vintage.

<b>Wine industry seeks exemption from proposed food safety law</b>

The California Association of Winegrape Growers and the Wine Institute weighed in on the Food Safety Modernization Act, a set of proposed federal regulations that aims to ensure the food supply is safe.

The groups want to have wine grapes exempted from the proposed rule entitled "Standards for Growing, Harvesting, Packing, and Holding of Produce for Human Consumption."


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