Wine Disaster Down Under? Aussies Say “Not So!”

February 6, 2009

The demise of Australia’s 2008 vintage has been grossly overestimated, according to the Australian Wine and Brandy Corporation, that country’s industry/government wine organization. “Recent reports of high temperatures across parts of South Eastern Australia are likely to impact the predicted yields of the 2009 harvest,” said the AWBC, ” however it is too early in […]

45 Workers Laid Off At Gallo Glass

February 4, 2009

Forty-five of the 800 workers at the Gallo Glass Factory in Modesto have been laid off, a result of decreased demand and plans to refurbish one of the company’s furnaces. Gallo Glass supplies bottles to the nearby Gallo Winery and to other winery customers. In a written statement,Gallo Glass VP John Gallo said, “We regret […]

K-J Layoffs Forwarded to Labor Commission For Investigation

February 3, 2009

The California Department of Industrial Relations has confirmed to Wine Industry Insight that, after its preliminary examination of the Jackson Family Winery layoff situation they have forwarded information to the California Labor Commissioner’s Office for possible violations of the state Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) requirements. A representative for the Department of Industrial Relations […]

Foley Reorg To HQ Admin Operations in Sonoma

As reported by Wine Industry Insight last week, Foley Family Wines has announced the details of a major reorganization, resulting in most major administrative functions to be relocated to Sonoma. The following is the entire text of the company’s announcement on PRNewswire: SONOMA, Calif., Feb. 2 / — Tim Matz, President of Foley Family Wines, […]

K-J Axes 20% Of Workforce

February 1, 2009

Jackson Family Wines has laid off some 20 percent of its workforce according to reporter Kevin McCallum in a lengthy article in the Santa Rosa Press Democrat. The article said that winemakers, marketing professionals, administrative assistants, accountants and hospitality staff were among the  approximately 170 people who lost their jobs. K-J had about 800 employees.

Copia Settles Sexual Harassment Lawsuit

U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Alan Jaroslovsky will allow Copia’s liability insurance company to pay a $250,000 settlement ending a sexual harassment lawsuit. According to court documents, former Copia employee Crystal Tynan alleged that she had been harassed by Copia’s former Director of Operations Art Ferretti. Tynan had filed suit in Napa County Superior Court and […]