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3433 Westwind Blvd
Santa Rosa
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The M. A. SILVA Advantage: Reliable. Perfect. Proven.

We are the leading and award-winning manufacturer of finest premium corks, glass and packaging for North American markets. We demonstrate impeccable integrity, consistent customer service and are committed to sustainability and eco-friendly operations. Our company was established in 2000 by cork industry icon Neil Foster and Manuel Alves Silva Sr. of M.A. Silva Portugal, a family-owned and operated company with a 42-year history of cork production and known as an innovator in cork processing and technology.

We import high quality natural cork stoppers from the southern region of Portugal and process them domestically for distribution. Through long-term collaboration with growers, our operations are 100% vertically integrated ensuring complete process control. Our certified quality assurance program ensures that our products provide unmatched visual, mechanical and sensory characteristics. Always.

Our glass is sourced from high quality manufacturers controlled 24/7 by M.A. Silva’s on-site quality specialists. Proprietary molds guarantee consistent quality. We develop custom bottle molds and offer a wide range of packaging solutions.

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Cork – The Natural Choice

M. A. Silva offers a variety of cork stoppers ranging from near visually perfect natural corks for ultra-premium wines through value priced corks intended for high-volume labels.

All of our cork is sourced from trees under exclusive contract to M.A. Silva. In conjunction with the owners of our contracted forests we monitor the health and quality of the trees, testing samples even before the bark is harvested.

Our proprietary cleaning processes (Dynavox®, Mazone® and Sara®) have reduced average TCA levels to below the threshold of human sensory capabilities. We perform rigorous sensory and Solid Phase Micro Extraction – Gas Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry (SPME-GC/MS) testing of all corkwood and finished cork lots.

Our quality control team alone determines which corks make it into our inventory and which are rejected. Their efforts are supported by exacting protocols and state-of-the-art technology.

Glass – The Perfect Fit

Our full-service cork, glass & packaging solutions can save you time, money and ensure smooth bottling runs.

The M. A. SILVA Advantage

  • On-site M.A. Silva quality specialists - our glass manufacturing process is controlled 24/7 to guarantee consistent quality.
  • Proprietary molds - meet or exceed industry standards for quality and tolerances.
  • Perfect fit- our bottles and corks are engineered for an ideal seal for both cork and screw cap bottles.
  • Custom molds/cartons - extend your marketing message through branded cartons and achieve the perfect balance of shape, capacity, color and glass weight for your unique brand positioning.
  • Coordinate cork and glass deliveries to keep your production on schedule and on time.

 

 

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M.A. Silva USA Hires Ted DeHaan as General Manager
31 August, 2017

Santa Rosa, CA, August 31, 2017 – M. A. Silva USA, the fastest growing manufacturer of premium corks, glass and packaging in Sonoma County, is pleased to announce the hiring of Ted DeHaan as General Manager.

Over the last fifteen years, Ted has held various leadership positions in the pharmaceutical, cosmetic, spirits, beer and wine packaging industries including Quality Manager, Regional Quality Director, Category Sales Director and Plant Manager/General Manager. “I am amazed by what the team has accomplished so far,” Ted said. “M. A. Silva’s culture is structured on teamwork, customer centricity and common professional values. I am excited about the opportunity to utilize my cross-functional and leadership experience to achieve future goals and be part of the next chapter of this already successful company.”

“Ted will be a fantastic asset to our company,” said Neil Foster, President of M. A. Silva USA. “He brings a wealth of invaluable experience to our growing company and our clients. I look forward to working with Ted and our team as we stay committed to delivering outstanding products and service to our clients.”

Ted graduated from The Ohio State University with a degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering. He lives with his wife Vanessa and 8-month-old daughter Sofie in Napa. Ted can be contacted via e-mail at tdehaan@masilva.com or phone at 707.236.1182.

About M. A. Silva USA:

Based in Sonoma County, California, M. A. Silva USA is a leading manufacturer of premium natural corks, glass and packaging for North American markets. Its quality-assurance program ensures unmatched visual, mechanical and sensory characteristics of its products. The company operates on solar power and is committed to sustainability and eco-friendly operations. M. A. Silva earned both Sonoma Green Business Program and ClimateSmart™ certifications and received the Excellence Award for Sustainable Manufacturing by Trade Monthly Magazine. The company has been named Best Cork Supplier 2013, 2015 & 2016, Best Glass Supplier 2016 and 2016 North Bay Maker by the North Bay Business JournalBest Cork Supplier 2013, 2015, 2016 & 2017 and Best Bottle Supplier 2013 & 2015 by Vineyard & Winery Management magazine and 2017 Best Cork & Bottle Supplier by Trade Monthly Magazine. It is a seven-time winner of the North Bay Business Journal’s Best Places to Work. For more information, visit www.masilva.com or call 707.636.2530.


M. A. Silva USA Has Been Named to the INC. 5000 List of Fastest-Growing, Privately Held Companies in the United States
17 August, 2017

Santa Rosa, CA, August 16, 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 revenue growth, with the 2017 list based on the % increase in revenue between 2013 and 2016. “Being named to the impressive Inc. 5000 list is a great accomplishment for our team and a direct reflection of the exceptional quality we provide in both cork and glass product lines,” said Neil Foster, President of M. A. Silva USA. “When I started the company 17 years ago with my partner Manuel Alves Silva, founder of M. A. Silva Portugal, we had the vision to deliver a dependable, vertically integrated  and consistent supply of wine corks to the North American wine industry. A few years later I recognized the market opportunity for a quality wine bottle supplier; our customers needed on-time delivery of high quality glass bottles from a trusted supplier. Today, we provide the perfect winery solution for bottle and cork: Reliable. Perfect. Proven. It’s particularly satisfying that the original vision has translated into significant growth and long-term success for our company.” 

About M. A. Silva USA: Based in Sonoma County, California, M. A. Silva USA is a leading manufacturer of premium natural corks, glass and packaging for North American markets. Its quality-assurance program ensures unmatched visual, mechanical and sensory characteristics of its products. The company operates on solar power and is committed to sustainability and eco-friendly operations. M. A. Silva earned both Sonoma Green Business Program and ClimateSmart™ certifications and received theExcellence Award for Sustainable Manufacturing by Trade Monthly Magazine. The company has been named Best Cork Supplier 2013, 2015 & 2016, Best Glass Supplier 2016 and 2016 North Bay Maker by the North Bay Business JournalBest Cork Supplier 2013, 2015, 2016 & 2017 and Best Bottle Supplier 2013 & 2015 by Vineyard & Winery Management magazine and 2017 Best Cork & Bottle Supplier by Trade Monthly Magazine. It is a seven-time winner of the North Bay Business Journal’s Best Places to Work. For more information, visit www.masilva.com or call 707.636.2530.


M.A. Silva Announced New Manufacturing Facility for Sparkling and Technical Cork Closures in Portugal
14 August, 2017

Santa Rosa, CA, August 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. The $4.1M investment includes state-of-the-art technology and created 35 jobs.

“I founded M. A. Silva USA 17 years ago with Manual Alves Silva, founder of M. A. Silva Portugal, a family-owned and operated company with a 45-year history of wine cork manufacturing,” said Neil Foster, President of M. A. Silva USA. “The vertical integration of our companies combined with our rigorous quality and testing standards ensures that we deliver the finest premium cork closures to the North American wine industry, meeting and exceeding our customers’ expectations. This expansion is ultimately the result of the substantial growth we’ve seen in the cork business over the last years. It will allow us to significantly increase our technical cork production.”

About M. A. Silva USA: Based in Sonoma County, California, M. A. Silva USA is a leading manufacturer of premium natural corks, glass and packaging for North American markets. Its quality-assurance program ensures unmatched visual, mechanical and sensory characteristics of its products. The company operates on solar power and is committed to sustainability and eco-friendly operations. M. A. Silva earned both Sonoma Green Business Program and ClimateSmart™ certifications and received the Excellence Award for Sustainable Manufacturing by Trade Monthly Magazine. The company has been named Best Cork Supplier 2013, 2015 & 2016, Best Glass Supplier 2016 and 2016 North Bay Maker by the North Bay Business JournalBest Cork Supplier 2013, 2015, 2016 & 2017 and Best Bottle Supplier 2013 & 2015 by Vineyard & Winery Management magazine and 2017 Best Cork & Bottle Supplier by Trade Monthly Magazine. It is a six-time winner of the North Bay Business Journal’s Best Places to Work. For more information, visit www.masilva.com or call 707.636.2530.


M.A. Silva USA Wins Best Cork Supplier Awards, Best Bottle Supplier Award & Excellence Award for Sustainable Manufacturing
24 April, 2017

Santa Rosa, CA, April 18, 2017 – Sonoma County based M. A. Silva USA has received the 2017 Best Cork Supplier award by Vineyard & Winery Management Magazine2017 Best Cork & Bottle Supplier award and 2017 Excellence Award for Sustainable Manufacturing by Trade Monthly Magazine. More than 700 wine industry professionals from across the nation participated in Vineyard & Winery Management Magazine’s survey this year. Voters like that it’s a “green company” with “consistent, great-quality corks,” “quick turnaround” and “excellent customer service.” Trade Monthly Magazine recognizes companies in the food and drink industry whose devotion, innovative thinking and tireless efforts have led to outstanding results.

“We are thrilled to have won four prestigious awards, confirming our status as a leader in the cork and bottle manufacturing industry,” said Neil Foster, President of M. A. Silva USA. “Our commitment to quality and sustainability combined with our unparalleled customer service are clearly pivotal to our success.  We continually invest in technical innovation, take great pride in creating partnerships with our customers and are gratified by the loyalty of our clients.”

About M. A. Silva USA: Based in Sonoma County, California, M. A. Silva USA is a leading manufacturer of premium natural corks, glass and packaging for North American markets. Its quality-assurance program ensures unmatched visual, mechanical and sensory characteristics of its products. The company operates on solar power and is committed to sustainability and eco-friendly operations. M. A. Silva earned both Sonoma Green Business Program and ClimateSmart™ certifications and received the Excellence Award for Sustainable Manufacturing by Trade Monthly Magazine. The company has been named Best Cork Supplier 2013, 2015 & 2016, Best Glass Supplier 2016 and 2016 North Bay Maker by the North Bay Business JournalBest Cork Supplier 2013, 2015, 2016 & 2017 and Best Bottle Supplier 2013 & 2015 by Vineyard & Winery Management magazine and 2017 Best Cork & Bottle Supplier by Trade Monthly Magazine. It is a six-time winner of the North Bay Business Journal’s Best Places to Work. For more information, visit www.masilva.com or call 707.636.2530.


The Finest Closure for Wine Without Fail
05 April, 2017

Breakthrough Technology Key to 100 Percent TCA Inspected Corks

M.A. Silva USA, a leading manufacturer for premium corks, glass and packaging throughout North America, has developed a cutting edge technology to eliminate TCA infected cork by examining each one individually and rejecting those found with any trace of TCA taint.

Named the “onebyonetm Program,” this revolutionary testing method uses gas phase spectroscopy, the study of isolating molecules in the gas phase, to automatically inspect every single cork for TCA, leaving no margin for human error.

“Our onebyonetm Program eliminates any TCA infected cork, a process designed for the high-end winemaker looking for perfection,” confirms M.A. Silva President Neil Foster. “We find that this remarkable ‘accept or reject’ technology is giving us much more reliable results with our product.”

Foster explains that through the onebyonetm automated process, individual corks are placed in tubes within a carousel, which are warmed up, allowing the phenolic compounds, including TCA, to become volatilized, and thus identified. Foster says it takes about five seconds per sample to have each chamber analyzed.

“With an output of between 6 to 7 million corks at a time, it takes quite a few machines operating constantly to do this,” Foster reports. “Our onebyonetm technology is primarily aimed at higher-level reserve wines, as the costs relating to testing could be prohibitive for lower end wines with a shorter shelf life.”

Foster affirms that M.A. Silva is investing in more machinery and looking into ways to speed up the process so that ultimately, it becomes more affordable for all levels of wine.

Automated cork testing has replaced manual efforts to detect cork taint through the human nose, as smelling large amounts of cork on a daily basis led to fatigue and results that were unreliable.

“We decided never to go that route and put our attention and effort into this onebyonetm automated system, which we know is accurate and quantifiable,” declares Foster. “By eliminating cork taint we continue to secure natural cork as the finest closure for wine. When we were first able to offer this technology in 2016, it was a real industry breakthrough.”

For information and orders, go to www.masilva.com.

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M. A. Silva USA Received Wine Industry Award for Glass & Cork
16 November, 2016

MA Silva 6x4Santa Rosa, CA, November 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.

“I am thrilled that our company is being awarded again as the best cork and glass supplier in the wine industry,” said Neil Foster, President of M. A. Silva USA. “Year after year we receive these distinctive recognitions which underscore the positive response from wineries seeking a reliable, perfect and proven packaging solution. We value our reputation as one of the industry’s most trusted suppliers and are gratified by the loyalty of our customers. You don’t earn loyalty in a day. You earn it day-by-day.”

About M. A. Silva USA: Based in Sonoma County, California, M. A. Silva USA is a leading manufacturer of premium natural corks, glass and packaging for North American markets. Its quality-assurance program ensures unmatched visual, mechanical and sensory characteristics of its products. The company operates on solar power and is committed to sustainability and eco-friendly operations. M. A. Silva earned both Sonoma Green Business Program and ClimateSmart™ certifications. The company has been named Best Cork Supplier 2013, 2015 & 2016, Best Glass Supplier 2016 and 2016 North Bay Maker by the North Bay Business JournalBest Cork Supplier 2013, 2015 & 2016 and Best Bottle Supplier 2013 & 2015 by Vineyard & Winery Management magazine. It is a six-time winner of the North Bay Business Journal’s Best Places to Work.

For more information, visit www.masilva.com or call 707.636.2530.


M. A. Silva USA Six-Time Winner of the “Best Places to Work” Award
29 August, 2016

MA Silva 6x4Santa Rosa, CA, August 25, 201 6 – M. A. Silva, the leading manufacturer of cork, glass and packaging, 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.

“It has always been my goal to build a company where people enjoy coming to work,” said Neil Foster, President of M. A. Silva USA. “The remarkable growth we have experienced over the past
years is a testament to our team’s hard work and dedication to M. A. Silva’s success. We are honored to be selected by the North Bay Business Journal again this year.”

According to employee feedback, M. A. Silva is a company where leadership is fully committed to operating a best-in-class company and everyone cares about delivering the best product possible.

The North Bay Business Journal’s Best Places to Work assessment was designed to identify, recognize, and honor the best employers in the North Bay. Winners were selected through the evaluation of an employee survey to measure the employee experience. The survey included questions about respect, fairness, family friendliness, community involvement and areas if improvement. M. A. Silva is one of the 103 companies in Sonoma and Marin counties to receive this recognition.

About M. A. Silva USA: Based in Sonoma County, California, M. A. Silva USA is a leading manufacturer of premium natural corks, glass and packaging for North American markets. Its quality-assurance program ensures unmatched visual, mechanical and sensory characteristics of its products. The company operates on solar power and is committed to sustainability and eco-friendly operations. M. A. Silva earned both Sonoma Green Business Program and ClimateSmart™ certifications. The company has been named Best Cork Supplier 2013 & 2015 and 2016 North Bay Maker by the North Bay Business Journal,Best Cork Supplier 2013, 2015 & 2016 and Best Bottle Supplier 2013 & 2015 byVineyard & Winery Management magazine. It is a six-time winner of the North Bay Business Journal’s Best Places to Work. For more information, visit www.masilva.comor call 707.636.2530.


Individual Cork Testing: 100% TCA Free Fully Automated Process
02 August, 2016

M. A. Silva has developed an individual cork testing method to deliverguaranteed TCA free corks*. Our process tests for releasable TCA, down to non-detectable levels (0.5ng/L) and eliminates bad corks from the supply chain. This fully automated process is based on cutting edge gas phase spectroscopy and available for high end natural cork to seal ultra-premium wines. It inspects every single cork one by one to detect any trace of cork taint leaving no margin of human error. The one-by-one testing process is the latest innovation of M. A. Silva's commitment to provide TCA free corks

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Over the last 40 years we have established ourselves as an industry technology leader. Our proprietary cork cleaning processes are recognized worldwide and this new testing method is a game-changing technology in the cork industry. 

With the implementation of this new state-of-the-art testing technology we once again demonstrate our determination to be the leading manufacturer of the finest premium cork

Please call 707.636.2530 or send an email to info@masilva.com for more details. 

*releasable TCA content below the 0.5ng/L detection limit; analysis performed in accordance
to ISO 20752. 


M.A. Silva Receives 2016 North Bay Maker Award
05 July, 2016

MA Silva 6x4Santa Rosa, CA, July 5, 2016 — M. A. Silva USA, the leading manufacturer of cork, glass and packaging, 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.

“Over the last 40 years M. A. Silva has established itself as an industry technology leader and we are honored to be recognized for our achievements,” said Neil Foster, President of M. A. Silva USA. “Among the firsts, our company had developed proprietary cork cleaning processes that are recognized worldwide. Our latest innovation, the onebyonetm cork testing method, is a fully automated process inspecting every single cork to detect any trace of 2, 4, 6 -Trichloroanisole (TCA), the chemical primarily responsible for cork taint. With this technology, which is based on cutting edge gas phase spectroscopy, we are now capable to deliver guaranteed TCA free corks for ultra-premium wines. It’s a game-changing technology in the cork industry and we are proud to demonstrate once again being a leading manufacturer of finest premium cork.”

Many winemakers who used screwcaps or synthetics to avoid cork taint are returning to cork. Research has shown that wine bottles closed with cork age more consistently and develop the richness and suppleness that age can bring. Cork stoppers don’t cause reduction as many of the screwcaps do, and wines protected by cork don’t experience premature oxidation as wines closed with synthetics often do. Cork-finished wines are also preferred by consumers. Their choice echoes a perception of quality and the luxurious feel of a cork being pulled out of a wine bottle. Since cork is biodegradable and recyclable, its use is consistent with sustainable vineyard and winemaking practices.

About M. A. Silva USA: Based in Sonoma County, California, M. A. Silva USA is a leading manufacturer of premium natural corks, glass and packaging for North American markets. Its quality-assurance program ensures unmatched visual, mechanical and sensory characteristics of its products. The company operates on solar power and is committed to sustainability and eco-friendly operations. M. A. Silva earned both Sonoma Green Business Program and ClimateSmart™ certifications. The company has been named Best Cork Supplier 2013 & 2015 by the North Bay Business JournalBest Cork Supplier 2013, 2015 & 2016 and Best Bottle Supplier 2013 & 2015 by Vineyard & Winery Management magazine. It is a five-time winner of the North Bay Business Journal’s Best Places to Work. For more information, visit www.masilva.com or call 707.636.2530.


M. A. Silva Developed 100% TCA Inspected Cork Testing Method
01 February, 2016

LogoMASilva_verticalSanta Rosa, CA, January 26, 2016 – M. A. Silvahas 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. It inspects every single cork one by one to detect any trace of cork taint leaving no margin of human error. The one by one testing process is the latest innovation of M. A. Silva’s commitment to provide TCA free corks.

Over the last 40 years M. A. Silva has established itself as an industry technology leader and itsproprietary cork cleaning processes are recognized worldwide. “This revolutionary testing method is a game-changing technology in the cork industry,” said Neil Foster, President of M. A. Silva. “With the implementation of this new state-of-the-art testing method we once again demonstrate our determination to be the leading manufacturer of the finest premium cork.

About M. A. Silva USA: Based in Sonoma CountyCalifornia, M. A. Silva USA is a leading manufacturer of premium natural corks, glass and packaging for North American markets. Its quality-assurance program ensures unmatched visual, mechanical and sensory characteristics of its products. It is the first cork supplier in the U.S. to offer high resolution laser cork printing of unique and variable information to each single cork stopper. The company operates on 100% solar power and is committed to sustainability and eco-friendly operations. M. A. Silva earned both Sonoma Green Business Program and ClimateSmart certifications. The company has been named Best Cork Supplier 2013 & 2015 by the North Bay Business Journal and Best Cork and Best Bottle Supplier 2013 & 2015 by Vineyard & Winery Management magazine. It is a five-time winner of the North Bay Business Journal’s Best Places to WorkFor more information visitwww.masilva.com or call 707.636.2530.


M. A. SILVA USA DONATES $10,000 TO SUPPORT VALLEY FIRE VICTIMS
01 December, 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. “Our heart goes out to all affected by this terrible tragedy,” said Neil Foster, President of M. A. Silva USA. “We wanted to contribute and hope to make a meaningful difference in the lives of those struggling to rebuild from this devastating disaster.”

Giving back to the communities we live and work in has always been a priority at M. A. Silva. A Charity Committee organizes several Food Drives throughout the year benefiting the Redwood Empire Food Bank, a Cold Weather Collection Drive for the Redwood Gospel Mission, and Back-To-School and Toy Drives benefiting the Central Sonoma County Boys & Girls Club. In addition, the company matches employees’ monetary contributions to their favorite charitable organization.


M. A. SILVA USA RECEIVED NORTH BAY BUSINESS JOURNAL’S WINE INDUSTRY AWARD FOR THE SECOND TIME
01 December, 2015

M. A. Silva 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.

“We value our reputation as one of the industry’s most trusted suppliers, and are gratified to once again be honored by the award from this publication,” said Neil Foster, President of M. A. Silva USA. “This is the third wine industry award we received in 2015. Earlier this year we were named Best Cork and Best Bottle Supplier by Vineyard & Winery Management magazine. Our distinctive approach to providing superior cork combined with wine bottles engineered for an ideal seal has led to a tremendously positive response from wineries seeking a reliable, perfect and proven packaging solution. These recognitions underscore the impressive results customers can expect from us: impeccable quality and exceptional customer service.”


M.A. Silva Strives for "Perfect Execution and Delivery"
16 November, 2015

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For the last 15 years, M. A. Silva, a leading manufacturer of natural corks, bottles and packaging for North American markets, has been focused on meeting or exceeding expectations for quality products, on-time delivery and excellent customer service.

As a result, the company has doubled its size over the last four years and recently completed the construction of a new manufacturing facility that allows for continuing expansion and an even wider array of service options for its customers.

President and co-owner Neil Foster notes that the company was created in the year 2000 as a response to an increasing demand for high quality clean cork- and it has taken off from there.

“The industry was looking for a supplier to meet a particular quality criteria,” Foster recalls. “Manuel (Silva) and I saw the demands for better quality clean cork and superior customer service.”

Foster says the subsequent introduction of wine bottles to M. A. Silva’s portfolio was a natural fit for their customers who were already excited about the company’s cork product performance.

“We imported wine glass from China and monitored operations inside their factories 24/7,” Foster attests. “We use very tight controls, tighter than our competition. There’s no problem with cork seal ability on bottle necks or issues during bottling.”

Foster says many customers eventually came to rely on M. A. Silva 100 percent for their complete cork and bottle manufacturing needs.

“They appreciate our quality,” Foster explains. “We always have on time delivery and back it up with excellent customer service. It’s perfect execution and delivery.”

“We also implemented laser printing technology on the bodies and ends of corks for complete customization with the addition of two new, state of the art machines,” Foster continues.

M. A. Silva recently celebrated the grand opening of a new 70,000 square foot manufacturing facility located in the Westwind Business Park near the Sonoma County Regional Airport in Santa Rosa, CA.

“The new building is an investment in the future of our company,” Foster attests. The construction has allowed the company to expand its technical services and laboratories, as well as provide increased space for visiting customers and for more comprehensive research and development.

Noting that the new facility is designed for maximum energy efficiency and sustainability, Foster points out that “through M. A. Silva’s ongoing investment in technology, we’ve pushed the envelope on quality control. It’s proof that we are a business that will continue to strive and grow to meet our customer’s expectations and beyond.”

Location: Santa Rosa, CA
Web: www.masilva.com

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M. A. Silva USA Expands Its Team in the Pacific Northwest Region
20 August, 2015

Barbara RobertsonSanta Rosa, CA, August 17, 2015 – M. A. Silva, the leading manufacturer of cork, glass and packaging, is pleased to announce the hiring of Barbara Robertson as an Account Manager for the Pacific Northwest region.

“Barbara will strengthen our ability and capability for growth in the Pacific Northwest region,” said Neil Foster, President of M. A. Silva USA. “We are well-positioned to continue providing superior cork and wine bottles combined with our exceptional customer service.”

Barbara’s passion for wine has given her over a decade of experience in the wine industry including distribution, production, buying and selling. She saw the promise of the developing wine industry in Washington State years ago and dedicated herself to obtaining certifications through the Wine & Spirit Education Trust so that she could educate both the local fledgling wineries and consumers in North Central Washington where she resides. Besides helping wineries with their marketing efforts over the years, she also judges at the North Central Washington Wine Awards competition, writes a regional review column in the Foothills Magazine and pops on the KPQ-AM radio station once a week as the “Ag Alchemist.”  Barbara’s experience will prove indispensable in assisting customers with integrated cork and glass solutions. Contact Barbara at 206-669-9463 or brobertson@masilva.com.

About M. A. Silva USA: Based in Sonoma County, California, M. A. Silva USA is a leading manufacturer of premium natural corks, glass and packaging for North American markets. Its quality-assurance program ensures unmatched visual, mechanical and sensory characteristics of its products. It is the first cork supplier in the U.S. to offer high resolution laser cork printing of unique and variable information to each single cork stopper. The company operates on 100% solar power and is committed to sustainability and eco-friendly operations. M. A. Silva earned both Sonoma Green Business Program and ClimateSmart™ certifications. The company has been named Best Cork Supplier 2013 by the North Bay Business Journal and Best Cork and Best Bottle Supplier 2013 & 2015 by Vineyard & Winery Management magazine. It is a five-time winner of the North Bay Business Journal’s Best Places to Work. For more information visit www.masilva.com or call  707.636.2530.


M.A. Silva USA Named the Best Cork and Bottle Supplier for the Second Time
05 March, 2015

Santa Rosa, CA, March 5, 2015 – M.A. Silva, the leading manufacturer of cork, glass and packaging, has been named 2015 Best Cork and Bottle Supplier by the Vineyard & Winery Management magazine. This distinction was determined 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 “quick fulfillment,” “excellent responsiveness” and “awesome company representatives.” Bottle customers say M.A. Silva “never disappoints,” offering “good pricing and responsiveness,” “superior customer service” and “impeccable product quality.”

“We are honored to be selected again as one of the top wine industry suppliers,” said Neil Foster, President of M.A. Silva USA. “Our unique approach to providing superior cork combined with wine bottles engineered for an ideal seal has led to an overwhelmingly positive response from wineries seeking a reliable, perfect and proven packaging solution. This recognition is a testament to the quality and service we provide.”

M.A. Silva has experienced unprecedented growth. A new building across from the existing facility will be completed this summer. This 70,000-square-foot structure will allow M.A. Silva to increase their cork production and expand their glass storage capacity. With new state-of-the-art laboratories they will be able to offer more services to customers and further their R & D capabilities.

About M.A. Silva USA: Based in Sonoma County California, M.A. Silva USA is a leading manufacturer of premium natural corks, glass and packaging for North American markets. Its qualityassurance program ensures unmatched visual, mechanical and sensory characteristics of its products. It is the first cork supplier in U.S. to offer high resolution laser cork printing of unique and variable information to each single cork stopper. The company operates on 100% solar power and is committed to sustainability and eco-friendly operations. M.A. Silva earned both Sonoma Green Business Program and ClimateSmart™ certifications. The company has been named Best Cork Supplier 2013 by the North Bay Business Journal, Best Cork and Best Bottle Supplier 2013 & 2015 by Vineyard & Winery Management magazine. It is a four-time winner of the North Bay Business Journal’s Best Places to Work. For more information visit www.MASilva.com or call 707.636.2530.</p?


M.A. Silva USA Broke Ground for a New 70,000-Square-foot Facility
31 October, 2014

MA Silva facility

Santa Rosa, CA, October 30, 2014 – M.A. Silva, the leading manufacturer of cork, glass and packaging, broke ground for a new manufacturing facility across from the existing building located in the Westwind Business Park adjacent to the Sonoma County Regional Airport in Santa Rosa. The new construction is custom designed by DES Architects + Engineers and built for M.A. Silva by Alston Construction. Once completed, the new 70,000-square-foot structure will accommodate storage room for wine bottles, sensory and working laboratories along with a multimedia training room, office space and a gym for employees. The expansion will bring M.A. Silva to over 100,000-square-foot of operational
space in Santa Rosa.

Investments in innovative technology processes and a focus on consistent personal customer service have made M.A. Silva a leading cork and bottle supplier in the North American wine industry. The new facility was planned to meet the growing demand for their cork and glass products. “This expansion is ultimately the result of the substantial growth we’ve seen in the cork and bottle business over the last years,” explained Neil Foster, President of M.A. Silva. “It will allow us to increase our cork production and expand our glass storage capacity. With our new state-of-the-art laboratories we will be able to offer more services to customers and further our R & D capabilities.”

The new facility incorporates latest technologies that increase energy efficiencies using an advanced insulation and a night-air cooling system. A solar panel upgrade is planned in a few years. “Being good stewards of our resources has always been a priority at M.A. Silva,” said Foster. “Whether that means green building standards, recycling and reducing waste in our production area, or giving back to the communities we live and work in.”

The construction of the $7.5 million building began in October with completion scheduled for late spring 2015.

About M.A. Silva USA: Based in Sonoma County, California, M.A. Silva USA is a leading manufacturer of premium natural corks, glass and packaging for North American markets. Its quality-assurance program ensures unmatched visual, mechanical and sensory characteristics of its products. It is the first cork supplier in the U.S. to offer high resolution laser cork printing of unique and variable information to each single cork stopper. The company operates on 100% solar power and is committed to sustainability and eco-friendly operations. M.A. Silva earned both Sonoma Green Business Program and ClimateSmart™ certifications. The company has been named Best Cork Supplier 2013 by the North Bay Business Journal and Best Cork and Best Bottle Supplier 2013 by Vineyard & Winery Management magazine. It is a four-time winner of theNorth Bay Business Journal’s Best Places to Work. For more information visit www.MASilva.com or call 707.636.2530.


Vintners Global Resource Becoming Part of M.A. Silva USA
10 October, 2014

Santa Rosa, CA, October 10, 2014 – M.A. Silva, the leading manufacturer of cork, glass and packaging, announced today the purchase of Vintners Global Resource’s (VGR) packaging businessVGR, located in Washington, is a supplier of wine bottles, closures and packaging serving the Pacific Northwest wine industry. In cooperation with M.A. Silva’s long-time partner Oak Tradition, located in Walla Walla, the combined companies will offer a high quality product portfolio and an unparalleled spectrum of expertise and customer service to wineries in the Pacific Northwest region. Andy Brassington, VGR’s CEO and founder, and Teresa Lawrenson, VGR’s Account Manager, will join the M.A. Silva team. VGR’s Kent, Washington operations are now part of M.A. Silva.

“We’ve successfully grown our company and merging VGR into M.A. Silva is the next exciting step forward in the continuing progression of our business and enables us to continue to execute our vision to be the leading supplier of natural wine corks and wine bottles, with the guarantee of excellence in product quality and service,” said Neil Foster, President of M.A. Silva. “We are committed and passionate to partner with both current and new customers in delivering the perfect packaging solutions.”

“We are excited to merge our wine packaging business with M.A. Silva, the best cork and wine bottle company in the industry,” said Brassington. “This merge is exactly what we wanted for continued growth. The vast resources of M.A. Silva provide us with more time and excellent products to support our Northwest friends and clients. The best-in-class culture, proven excellence in products and service and the family ownership of M.A. Silva make this an ideal fit,” Brassington concluded.

About M.A. Silva USA: Based in Sonoma County California, M.A. Silva USA is a leading manufacturer of premium natural corks, glass and packaging for North American markets. Its quality-assurance program ensures unmatched visual, mechanical and sensory characteristics of its products. It is the first cork supplier in U.S. to offer high resolution laser cork printing of unique and variable information to each single cork stopper. The company operates on 100% solar power and is committed to sustainability and eco-friendly operations. M.A. Silva earned both Sonoma Green Business Program and ClimateSmart™ certifications. The company has been named Best Cork Supplier 2013 by the North Bay Business Journal and Best Cork and Best Bottle Supplier 2013 by Vineyard & Winery Management magazine. It is a four-time winner of the North Bay Business Journal’s Best Places to Work. For more information visit  www.MASilva.com or call 707.636.2530.


M.A. Silva USA Named a North Bay Business Journal's Best Places to Work for the Fourth Time
25 August, 2014

Santa Rosa, CA, August 11, 2014M.A. Silva, the leading manufacturer of cork, glass and packaging, has been named as a 2014 Best Places to Work winner in the North Bay.

“It’s a great honor to have been named a North Bay’s Best Places to Work. This is the fourth time we have achieved this incredible recognition,” said Neil Foster, President of M.A. Silva USA. “We have a talented group of individuals that help make M.A. Silva a success. I truly value and appreciate our employees’ accomplishments and dedication. I am thrilled about their feedback and comments that contributed to this distinction. As we grow our company, we will continue to provide a supportive working environment and opportunities for personal and professional growth.”

Over 120 companies from across the North Bay area were anonymously nominated to participate in the annual North Bay Business Journal’s Best Places to Work assessment. Winners were determined through the evaluation of an employee survey including questions about respect, fairness, family friendliness, community involvement and areas of improvements. 97% of the M.A. Silva staff submitted their opinions. M.A. Silva is one of the 45 companies in Sonoma and Marin counties to receive this recognition within the 15 – 50 employee category.

 

About M.A. Siva USA: Based in Sonoma County California, M.A. Silva USA is a leading manufacturer of premium natural corks, glass and packaging for North American markets. Its quality-assurance program ensures unmatched visual, mechanical and sensory characteristics of its products. It is the first cork supplier in U.S. to offer high resolution laser cork printing of unique and variable information to each single cork stopper. The company operates on 100% solar power and is committed to sustainability and eco-friendly operations. M.A. Silva earned both Sonoma Green Business Program and ClimateSmart™ certifications. The company has been named Best Cork Supplier 2013 by the North Bay Business Journal and Best Cork and Best Bottle Supplier 2013 by Vineyard & Winery Management magazine. It is a four-time winner of the North Bay Business Journal’s Best Places to Work. For more information visit www.MASilva.com or call 707.636.2530.


Make Every Cork Unique
01 August, 2014

Cork samples printed with Laser Printer  
Make Every Cork Unique 
New Generation of Cork Printing 

M.A. Silva offers revolutionary cork laser printing with the highest capable image resolution for printing natural cork stoppers. The Décork™ D-CLP laser printer, manufactured in Europe, creates perfectly detailed 3D style imaging. The laser printing process has a fast turnaround and is environmentally friendly. 

This innovative technology allows you to add a new impressive visual dimension to your wine cork closure branding:
  • Add Pictures and Shades 
    The high definition shading along with the darkest printing capability, allows for distinctive illustrative or photographic rendering to be visually sharp

  • Make Every Cork Unique 
    The printer has the capability to add traceability which allows you to personalize each cork. Add different serial numbers, codes or names in each single cork stopper on a batch. 

  • Create Authenticity Marks 
    Add a data matrix or QR codes to your cork stoppers to avoid illegal copies in top wines.
Your imagination is the limit! Leave a lasting impression with an extraordinary cork! If you have questions, please call us at 707.636.2530 or send an email to info@masilva.com. 

M.A. Silva Crafts Exclusive One-of-a kind Bottle for CIRQ Estate
10 March, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

M.A. Silva Crafts Exclusive Bottle for CIRQ Estate

One-of-a kind Bottle is First in Industry & Sets New Standards for Glass

Santa Rosa, CA – Sonoma County based cork and glass manufacturer M.A. Silva USA is known for innovation and leading the way in industry standards. In partnership with Michael Browne, a founder and winemaker of Kosta Browne Winery, Neil Foster and M.A. Silva have created something very special in the industry for Browne’s newly launched high-end Pinot Noir brand, CIRQ Estate.  Browne selected Silva as a trusted partner to create the unique custom mould as well as providing high quality corks for the project. Silva president Neil Foster says, “Having worked with us for years, Michael needed the highest quality standards for this undertaking. Together we saw the vision; we designed and manufactured this new bottle for him handling all aspects of the project.” The result is a unique design that fit the needs of the brand.

“As we were reviewing and considering packaging for my new project, we were looking for a bottle that reflected the intensity and elegance of the wines.  Nothing on the market at the time was to my liking.  Working with Neil and the team to define that look and feel to complement my wines was a true joy.  I couldn’t be happier with the final result.  It’s unique, elegant and timeless”

The M.A. Silva USA name is synonymous with award-winning products, customer service and innovation winning awards in both public and private domains. They have been awarded accolades for their work in both cork and glass.

About M.A. Silva USA:

Based in Sonoma County California, M.A. Silva USA is a leading manufacturer of premium natural corks, glass and packaging for North American markets. Its quality-assurance program ensures unmatched visual, mechanical and sensory characteristics of its products. The company operates on 100% solar power and is committed to sustainability and eco-friendly operations, for more information visit www.MASilva.com or call 877-689-7676.

About CIRQ Estate:

CIRQ Estate is the latest creation from Michael Browne.  While he is still very active in the day-to-day winemaking at Kosta Browne, CIRQ Estate is a new project developed by and cared for by Michael.  His vision for CIRQ first took shape several years ago when he discovered what he considers to be the best sites in the best region within a region for Pinot Noir, the western hills of the Russian River Valley. Michael was introduced to these vineyards by Charlie Chenoweth, who is now a partner in CIRQ. Charlie planted and manages both of these vineyards.  He made the commitment at that time to pour all of his available resources into developing these sites to produce exceptional Pinot Noir. Production is and will remain small for the simple reason that CIRQ is an estate-driven program with limited acreage.  For more information about how to acquire the wines, please visit www.cirq.com.

The cork - glass connection also makes perfect sense to Foster who says, cork manufacturers understand the importance of the connection and function of the two products working together successfully. Their innovative glass offerings include proprietary moulds for consistent quality, cork-to-bottle fit assurance and in factory quality control 24/7. 


M.A. Silva USA First Cork Supplier in U.S. to Offer High Resolution Laser Cork Printing
23 January, 2014

Santa Rosa, CA – 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. The D-CLP creates perfectly detailed 3D style imaging within the full 360° cork body spectrum. The high definition shading along with the darkest printing capability, allows for distinctive illustrative or photographic rendering to be visually sharp.

 The printer has the capability to add traceability and identifiable numbering and text to each closure, making every cork unique. There is no ink that touches the cork surface or drying time necessary in the D-CLP laser printing process, which is proven to have a fast turnaround time and environmentally friendly.  See all features at ON-LASER’s Décork™ website.

President Neil Foster shares, "Being the first cork supplier to offer the highest quality cork by cork laser printing customization in the USA is exciting and will allow winemakers the ability to add a new impressive visual dimension to their wine cork closure branding.”

M.A Silva’s D-CLP utilizes ON-LASER’s newest line of Décork™ printers, manufactured in Europe. Also, new for 2014 is the free 3D Viewer app for Android and iOS devices. The Décork™ App allows end users to share 3D artwork simulations on cork stoppers of different formats, sizes and surface finishes.

The family, Portugal‐based partner M.A. Silva Corticas has a 40‐year history of cork production and is known as an innovator in cork processing & technology. The cork is sourced mainly from tree bark in cork tree forests under long‐term grower agreements, which ensures control and quality, from the time the trees are harvested to the delivery of finished corks. A full‐service mechanical and organoleptic test lab, housed in the company’s Santa Rosa‐based facility furthers that level of quality control. A spirit of collaboration between M.A. Silva staff members and researchers across Europe and the United States has resulted in the development of some of the most technically advanced cork processing facilities and equipment in use today. A combination of forest management, technology, processes and training has made significant advances toward eliminating TCA issues, in addition to improving the beauty and performance of its closures. Their innovative glass offerings include proprietary molds for consistent quality, cork‐to‐bottle fit assurance and in factory quality control 24/7.

About M.A. Silva USA:

Based in Sonoma County California, M.A. Silva USA is a leading manufacturer of premium natural corks, glass and packaging for North American markets. Its quality‐assurance program ensures unmatched visual, mechanical and sensory characteristics of its products. The company operates on 100% solar power and is committed to sustainability and eco‐friendly operations, for more information

 

visit www.MASilva.com or call 877‐689‐7676.


M.A. Silva USA Awarded Best Cork & Bottle Supplier by Wine Industry Peers Cork Leader Finds Success & illuminates the Vital Marriage between Cork & Glass
23 May, 2013

Santa Rosa, CA – Sonoma County based 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. The accolade holds particular meaning as voters represent wine industry insiders from across the Nation. Silva holds the distinction of winning two “Best of” honors: best cork and best bottle supplier. Voted on by 700 industry leaders, it’s befitting that they garner this type of attention, as the company has established a culture of out-of-the-box customer service practices and a focus on people first. The entire team is dedicated to leading the way in the industry with a unique level of service and in exploring the symbiotic relationship between cork and glass. 

Silva has experienced unprecedented growth in this economy, over 30% increase in business; they’ve accomplished this by focusing on elevating the industry from the inside out. They place an emphasis on the quiet details like; extremely high-quality standards and empowering their team. Management takes care of their internal and external customers, supporting and giving back to employees. This translates into a remarkably high workforce retention rate, more hires and is reflected right back out to customers from each member of the team.  President Neil Foster shares, “This award is such an honor especially coming from our industry partners. We want our employees and clients to feel part of something bigger, we know how many lives are affected each time product is processed and shipped from our plants and we strive to keep that in mind throughout each element of the process.”  The cork - glass connection also makes perfect sense to Foster who says, cork manufacturers understand the importance of the connection and function of the two products working together successfully. 

Vineyard & Winery Management magazine mentions some of the significant details about M.A. Silva receiving the two awards. The family, Portugal-based partner M.A. Silva Corticas has a 40-year history of cork production and is known as an innovator in cork processing & technology. The cork is sourced mainly from trees under long-term grower agreements, which ensures control and quality, from the time the trees are harvested to the delivery of finished corks. A full-service mechanical and organoleptic test lab, housed in the company’s Santa Rosa-based facility furthers that level of quality control. A spirit of collaboration between M.A. Silva staff members and researchers across Europe and the United States has resulted in the development of some of the most technically advanced cork processing facilities and equipment in use today. A combination of forest management, technology, processes and training has made significant advances toward eliminating TCA issues, in addition to improving the beauty and performance of its closures. Their innovative glass offerings include proprietary molds for consistent quality, cork-to-bottle fit assurance and in factory quality control 24/7.

 

About M.A. Silva USA:

Based in Sonoma County California, M.A. Silva USA is a leading manufacturer of premium natural corks, glass and packaging for North American markets. Its quality-assurance program ensures unmatched visual, mechanical and sensory characteristics of its products. The company operates on 100% solar power and is committed to sustainability and eco-friendly operations, for more information visit www.MASilva.com or call 877-689-7676.

 

 

 


M.A. Silva USA is a North Bay Business Journal's Best Places to Work Winner
13 August, 2012

SANTA ROSA, Calif. August 9th, 2012-M.A. Silva USA is listed as a North Bay Business Journal's Best Places to Work winner.    North Bay Business Journal established the list of 2012 Best Place to Work after reviewing nominations, company applications and employee feedback from survey results.

"I am proud to once again receive this honor.  Over the years we have built a great family of employees and this is a reflection of how they feel working within our business," said Neil Foster, President of M.A. Silva USA.  "We have a number of people who have worked in the company between five and ten years and I'm thrilled to have developed an atmosphere where they feel they are respected and treated well."

An anonymous nomination was submitted in the North Bay Business Journal's call for businesses.  After the review, the North Bay Business Journal sent a survey for all employees to evaluate the M.A. Silva USA workplace.  The survey included questions about creditability, respect, fairness, pride, camaraderie and gave employees an opportunity to lend suggestions for improvement.  In order to be considered for the list more than 50 percent of the staff needed to complete the survey.  In result, more than 75 percent of the M.A. Silva USA staff submitted their opinions.   M.A. Silva USA was one of over 30 companies in Sonoma and Marin counties to receive this designation within the 20-50 employee category. 

About M.A. Silva USA: Based in Sonoma County California, M.A. Silva USA is a leading manufacturer of premium natural corks, glass and packaging for North American markets.  Its quality-assurance program ensures unmatched visual, mechanical and sensory characteristics of its products.  M.A. Silva USA operates on 100% solar power and is committed to sustainability and eco-friendly operations.  For more information about M.A. Silva USA visit www.MASilva.com or call 877-689-7676.

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PASO ROBLES WINEMAKING CONSULTANT, KATHERINE TURNER, JOINS M.A. SILVA USA
30 August, 2011

Santa Rosa, Calif.  August 30th, 2011-After working with several wineries in the Central Coast as a Winemaking Consultant, Katherine Turner has been hired by  M.A. Silva USA.  Turner is now the M.A. Silva USA Account Manager for the Central Coast.  

"Kathy will inspire confidence in her client's purchasing decisions," said Neil Foster, President of M.A. Silva USA.  "I've known Kathy for a number of years , we met when she was an Enologist at Merryvale Vineyards.  We were fortunate that we were looking for a new representative in the area while she was looking for a new challenge."

Katherine Turner has been working in the wine industry for eight years.  Prior to being a Consultant, Turner worked for wineries including: Four Vines Winery, Estancia Winery, Wild Horse Winery, and Buena Vista Winery. 

Based in Sonoma County, California, M. A. Silva USA is a leading provider of premium natural wine corks to North American markets. Its certified quality-assurance program ensures that products provide unmatched visual, mechanical, sensory characteristics along with impeccable customer service to winemakers seeking to produce the finest wine, sparkling wine and spirits. With Forest Stewardship Council and PEFC certified facilities in Portugal and Northern California, M. A. Silva is committed to sustainability and eco-friendly operations. For more information about M. A. Silva USA visit www.MASilva.com or call 707-636-2530.  


M.A. SILVA USA ANNOUNCES ALISON ZITO GOSSAGE AS THE NEWEST MEMBER OF THEIR TEAM
09 August, 2011

Santa Rosa, Calif.  August 9th, 2011-Alison Zito Gossage signed on with M.A. Silva USA as an Account Manager.   Her role as Account Manager will provide existing and potential new customers with a wealth of information about purchasing cork and the benefits of working with M.A. Silva USA.

"We are thrilled to have Alison on board," said Neil Foster, President of M.A. Silva USA.  "Her enthusiasm and focus on customer service is a perfect match with our existing team."

Alison Zito Gossage  is an established graduate from Sonoma State University with a Bachelors of Science in Business and a concentration in Wine Business Strategies.  While attending Sonoma State, she began her career working for Kendall-Jackson Wine Estates.

Gossage's experience in the wine industry includes working for Benziger Family Winery and Ledson Winery.  Her recent experience at Canton Wood Products and XTRAOAK gave her the opportunity to establish relationships with Winemakers and Purchasers.  She has a passion for providing exceptional customer service.  In the past she has worked in the following regions: Russian River, Sierra Foothills, Sonoma Valley, Lodi, Central Coast, Southern California and Napa Valley areas.

Based in Sonoma County, California, M. A. Silva USA is a leading provider of premium natural wine corks to North American markets. Its certified quality-assurance program ensures that products provide unmatched visual, mechanical, sensory characteristics along with impeccable customer service to winemakers seeking to produce the finest wine, sparkling wine and spirits. With Forest Stewardship Council and PEFC certified facilities in Portugal and Northern California, M. A. Silva is committed to sustainability and eco-friendly operations. For more information about M. A. Silva USA visit www.MASilva.com or call 707-636-2530.  

 

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PAMELA STEVENS JOINS M.A. SILVA USA AS QUALITY ASSURANCE AND LABORATORY MANAGER
11 July, 2011

 

SANTA ROSA, Calif.,—M.A. Silva USA has hired Pamela Stevens, an accomplished industry expert, who brings over twenty years of experience to her new role as the Quality Assurance and Laboratory Manager.

"When the opportunity was available, I knew who to call first," said Neil Foster, President of M.A. Silva USA. "Pamela has known the Silva family for a long time. We are delighted to have her as part of our growing team and I have a tremendous amount of respect for her knowledge of cork."

 

Pamela Stevens began her career at Robert Mondavi Winery as the Microbiology Supervisor where she was promoted to the position of Assistant Winemaker and later to Quality Analyst. Since then, Stevens has worked as a Closure Consultant and served as the Operations Manager for Ganau America. In her new role she will provide technical support for customers, run

 

research and development with the newly installed GCMS unit, manage quality assurance from incoming cork through production, and provide guest lectures. Stevens new role allows M.A. Silva to further enhance its leading position in cork quality and customer satisfaction.

 

 

About M.A. Silva USA:

Based in Sonoma County California, M.A. Silva USA is a leading manufacturer of premium natural corks and of glass containers for North American markets. Its quality-assurance program ensures unmatched visual, mechanical, and sensory characteristics of its products. M.A. Silva Corks operates on 100% solar power and is committed to sustainability and eco-friendly operations. For more information about M.A. Silva USA visit www.MASilva.com or call 877-689-7676.

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M.A. SILVA CORKS, USA EXPANDS THEIR ANALYTICAL LAB TO INCLUDE GC/MS TECHNOLOGY
03 May, 2011

Santa Rosa, Calif., May 2, 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.

 

"It’s a very powerful, versatile, and sensitive analytical instrument; there’s a lot of exciting things we can potentially do with it," says Adolfo Hernandez, Quality Control and Laboratory Services Manager of M.A. Silva Corks, USA.  "We are able to share methods and techniques with our parent company in Portugal.  Continuing to align our chemistry adds another layer to our vertical integration."

 

The GC/MS analytical instrument is a Thermo Fisher Trace ISQ , and was installed in February of 2011.  Hernandez, an experienced biochemist, led the implementation of testing methods and design of the analytical laboratory.  "In my opinion it’s been the biggest driver of change in cork processing in the last decade.  When you can quantify or measure a compound, you are more likely to be able to understand and control it," says Hernandez.

 

Currently the chemists at the Santa Rosa facility are using the GC/MS technology to test cork soaks and wine for 2,4,6 trichloroanisole, commonly abbreviated as TCA.  The approach uses solid phase micro extraction (SPME) to concentrate headspace volatiles (aromatic compounds which contribute to smell) for GC/MS analysis of TCA.  In Portugal, M.A. Silva Corticas uses GC/MS technology for TCA  testing of corkwood at inspection after harvest, on corkwood post boiling, and on corks after punching.  When corks are received at the Santa Rosa production facilities, samples are sent to ETS Laboratories for third party testing.  M.A. Silva Corks, USA plans to use the in house technology for additional quality assurance testing and research.

 

"This analytical tool is key to our goal of delivering the highest level of cork quality and assurance to our customers," says Neil Foster, President of M.A. Silva Corks, USA.

 

About M.A. Silva Corks, USA: Based in Sonoma County California, M.A. Silva Corks, USA is a leading manufacturer of premium natural corks and of glass containers for North American markets.  Its quality-assurance program ensures unmatched visual, mechanical, and sensory characteristics of its products.  M.A. Silva Corks, USA operates on 100% solar power and is committed to sustainability and eco-friendly operations.  For more information about M.A. Silva Corks, USA visit www.MASilva.comor call 877-689-7676.

 

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New Cork and Glass Positions Filled at M.A. Silva Corks, USA
04 April, 2011

Santa Rosa, CA—To accommodate the recent addition of glass to its product line, M.A. Silva Corks, USA is pleased to announce the appointments of Richard Du Bois, longtime wine industry professional, as the new Product Specialist-Glass Bottles, and Terry Borges as Sales Representative for cork and glass. With over 20 years’ management experience in winery operations, Du Bois brings well-honed industry expertise in glass and bottling to M.A. Silva Corks, USA. Borges, who also comes from an extensive career in the wine industry, has particular expertise in cork and glass sales and supplies.

 

Richard Du Bois has hands-on management experience with the bottling process including corks, bottling logistics, glass supplies, and production across a variety of high end wineries and large wine corporations including Allied Domecq Wines, Domaine Chandon, Buena Vista, and Simi wineries. Du Bois will be an excellent asset to this integrated cork-and-glass component of M.A. Silva Corks, USA, assisting customers with technical expertise and solutions for bottle products and operations along with pre-sales advice for both customers and the M.A. Silva Corks, USA sales team.

 

Terry Borges’ expertise and experience in national sales and management in cork, glass, and wine accessory supplies across a wide range of wine consulting and distribution supplyfirms across the U.S., are a natural fit for M.A. Silva Corks, USA and will be an ideal complement to Richard Du Bois as he leads the expansion of the cork and glass products. Together Du Bois’ and Borges’ experience will prove indispensable in assisting customers with integrated cork and glass solutions as they anticipate problems, reduce risks, and thus realize savings with quality products. It’s all part of M.A. Silva Corks, USA Perfect Fit Guarantee.

 

"Glass customers are extremely happy with our ability to deliver excellent quality glass on time,” remarked Neil Foster, owner of M.A. Silva Corks, USA. “This is a requirement that so many other companies miss.”

 

By adding high quality glass bottles to their line of products, M.A. Silva Corks, USA is now the only manufacturer of both high quality glass and natural cork. This recent addition to the product line makes a perfect fit. Clients are assured full peace of mind knowing they can order corks and glass together, obtain detailed and expert information from any M.A. Silva Corks, USA staff member, and expect timely, paired delivery.

 

Offering the best quality bottles available, M.A. Silva Corks, USA has taken particular care to put in place the same high quality production techniques and uncompromised standards for its packaging as it does for its corks. Customers have come to expect high quality corks, and there is nothing less for its bottles and cartons.

 

About M.A. Silva Corks, USA

Based in Sonoma County California, M.A. Silva Corks, USA is leading manufacturer of premium natural corks and glass containers for North American markets. Its quality-assurance program ensures that the products provide unmatched visual, mechanical, and sensory characteristics along with impeccable bottling performance and on-time delivery to customers seeking to produce the finest wine, spirits and beer. With Forest Stewardship Council and PEFC certified facilities in Portugal and 100% solar power in Northern California, M.A. Silva Corks, USA is committed to sustainability and eco-friendly operations. For more information about M.A. Silva Corks, USA visit www.MASilva.comor call 877-689-7676.

 

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M.A. Silva Corks, USA Adds 100% Solar Power to Sustainability Efforts
22 March, 2011

Santa Rosa, Calif. - 100% of M.A. Silva Corks, USA’s power is now generated through the newly installed solar panel array, at its Santa Rosa, California facility, completing another phase of its on-going commitment to environmentally conscious business practices. As the first company to earn both Sonoma Green Business Program and ClimateSmart™ certifications, this installation further reduces the company's impact on the environment. Along with actively promoting environmentally friendly forest management and social initiatives, this new solar array is just one of a combination of sustainability efforts practiced by M.A. Silva worldwide.

Since its founding 10 years ago, M. A. Silva Corks, USA integrated sustainable business practices into its long-term initiatives, and day-to-day operations. Every aspect of the business now incorporates a broad range of eco-friendly practices benefiting each of the supply chain, employee, and customer communities. "I am proud that our company has always been mindful of our impact on the environment," said Neil Foster, President and Owner of M.A. Silva Corks, USA. "We are fortunate that many of our customers are now partnering with us to take the next steps."

Consumer preference for cork-finished wine enables many sustainability efforts. Cork finished bottles remain the fastest growing segment of the wine industry. In contrast to screw caps and synthetic cork, both significant carbon producers, natural cork pulls C02 from the air as the tree grows, acting as a carbon sink. Certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), M.A. Silva maintains strict adherence to sustainable forestry practices.

Encompassing the entire product lifecycle, successful waste reduction and recycling efforts are practiced throughout the company. From stringent monitoring of processes, through

re-purposing post-production scrap, company-wide efforts minimize manufacturing waste. Electric branding equipment planned for installation in May 2011 takes advantage of the available carbon-free solar power. Careful attention and tracking of supplies and paper have reduced landfill-bound waste to just a few cubic feet per week. Cork recycling and awareness programs with consumers turn used corks into compostable products without significant addition of carbon emissions for transportation.

Today M.A. Silva Corks, USA is looking beyond its own sustainability efforts, teaming with customers to address broader, more complex issues. M.A. Silva Corks, USA business partners are especially interested in all sustainability and their joint efforts should result in further reduction of green house gas emissions, greater business efficiencies, and higher quality.

About M.A. Silva Corks, USA

Based in Sonoma County California, M.A. Silva Corks, USA is a leading provider of premium natural wine corks, glass, and packaging to North American markets. Its certified quality-assurance program ensures that products provide unmatched visual, mechanical, and sensory characteristics along with impeccable customer service to winemakers seeking to produce the finest wine, sparkling wine, and spirits.

 

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M.A. Silva Corks, USA Hires Audrey Pinto
18 March, 2011

Santa Rosa, Calif.-Audrey Pinto, a wine packaging industry veteran, has joined the customer service team of M.A. Silva Corks, USA .

Pinto's experience in wine packaging will prove to be a valuable resource to M.A. Silva Cork USA’s clients. Having previously worked at Saverglass, Inc. as a Technical Field Specialist and Alcan Packaging Capsules of California as an Account Manager, Pinto brings a well-rounded wine industry background  to complement M.A. Silva Corks, USA's position as a knowledgeable premium wine cork, bottle, and packaging supplier.

"Audrey has already proven to be a great team player, very knowledgeable, and customer focused.  She’s a great addition to the team and we are happy that she has joined the M.A. Silva Corks, USA family!" said Debra Wieland, Inside Sales and Customer Service Manager.

Based in Sonoma County, California, M. A. Silva Corks, USA is a leading provider of premium natural wine corks to North American markets. Its certified quality-assurance program ensures that products provide unmatched visual, mechanical, sensory characteristics along with impeccable customer service to winemakers seeking to produce the finest wine, sparkling wine and spirits. With Forest Stewardship Council and PEFC certified facilities in Portugal and Northern California, M. A. Silva is committed to sustainability and eco-friendly operations. For more information about M. A. Silva Corks, USA visit www.MASilva.com or call 707-636-2530.


M.A. Silva Corks, USA Promotes Kimberly Toy to Inside Sales Representative
16 February, 2011

After five years of hard work and dedication to M.A. Silva Corks, USA, Kimberly Toy has been appointed to the role of Inside Sales Representative.  Before joining M.A. Silva Corks, USA, Toy spent six years at Agilent Technologies as a Systems Specialist and Customer Service Representative.

"Her keen eye for detail, excellent follow through, and level of commitment for the past five years has set a standard which we want to embrace," said Debra Wieland, Inside Sales and Customer Service Manager. 

 Kimberly Toy's new role is to serve as the primary contact for many local wineries.  She can be reached at Kim@masilva.com or by phone at 707-236-1183.  For more information about M.A. Silva Corks, USA visit www.MASilva.com.


M. A. Silva Corks, USA Featured at Bush Presidential Library Exposition
12 July, 2010

Santa Rosa, California (October 5, 2009)

M. A. Silva Corks, USA (masilva.com) has been selected by the George Bush Presidential Library Foundation to represent the wine cork industry in the much-anticipated The Culture of Wine exposition. The event will unravel the mystery, magic and making of wine. The exhibit runs September 28, 2009 through August 22, 2010 in the Ansary Gallery of American History at the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum in College Station, Texas.

The Culture of Wine exhibit creates an opportunity for visitors to learn about the historical, viticultural and production aspects of wine. Visitors begin by stepping through the exhibit’s vineyards, then proceeding to the crushing, pressing, fermenting,barrel storage and bottling displays. The show’s blending of equipment, photo murals, process diagrams, and comprehensive descriptions is not only fascinating, but also delivers an in-depth learning experience.

As a leading sponsor, M. A. Silva Corks, USA collaborated on the creation of the natural cork display area that educates visitors on sustainable forestry practices,traditional hand harvesting techniques, and ecologically sound corkwood processing. Maps, diagrams and hands-on displays add interest and interaction. A highlight of the display is the array of M. A. Silva’s premium natural cork products.


To learn more about the exhibit, follow via Twitter at
http://twitter.com/masilvacorksusa or visit http://www.thecultureofwine.com.

About M.A. Silva Corks, USA
Based in Sonoma County, California, M. A. Silva Corks, USA (masilva.com) is a leading provider of premium natural wine corks to North American markets. Its certified quality-assurance program ensures that products provide unmatched visual, mechanical, sensory and customer service to winemakers seeking to produce the finest wine, sparkling wine and spirits. With Forest Stewardship Council and PEFC certified facilities in Portugal and Northern California, M. A. Silva is proud of its leadership role and commitment to sustainability and eco-friendly operations.



 

Please send an email to info@masilva.com or call 707-636-2530 to request pricing information.

 

" M.A. Silva provides us with good, clean corks and great service. Stay as good as you are! "
- , Carol Shelton Wines
" Overall, we have a high level of satisfaction working with M.A. Silva products. The service and the people are great. "
- Ludovic Dervin, Mumm Napa
" MA Silva has always been a pleasure to work with and the quality of the product means one less thing to worry about while bottling. "
- Zeke Neeley, Trefethen Family Vineyards
" Kosta Browne Wines has worked with M.A. Silva USA for years and we stay with them because simply put they take care of us in a very professional way.rrnrnQuality assurance is particularly vital in the wine industry and that's exactly where M.A. Silva shines. They've always made my needs their own while communicating and continually working together with us to pay close attention to our bottom line in order to stay cost efficient. Their unparalleled customer service is icing on the cake and something that sets them apart.rnrnIt's just easy and comfortable to work with M.A. Silva, from their reliable quality products and passion for industry knowledge to going the extra mile for me no matter what challenge I put in front of them. They stand firmly behind their word and products. There is nothing like being able to completely trust such an important vendor. rnrnWith so many day to day challenges running a small winery business, it is vital for us to have a partner like M.A. Silva to rely on. Reliability with quality, timing, communication and customer service is what M.A Silva is all about and they come through every time. "
- Michael Browne, Kosta Browne Wines
" The greatest asset at M.A. Silva is their commitment to listening to the needs of a demanding customer. I've worked with Neil since 2002 and his knowledge and experience with the cork industry is thorough and unsurpassed. He and his professional staff are well prepared to meet our evolving needs for natural cork both in terms of quality and quantity. I am grateful for the cooperation, assistance and innovation with developing new and streamlined QC methods in order to procure the exact cork that we need. "
- Darrin Low, Flowers Vineyard & Winery
" M.A Silva has great people and products, helping me to achieve my stringent goals, in a fun and professional way. "
- Paul Golitzin, Quilceda Creek
" We have worked with M.A. Silva USA for 9 years. We stay with them because they take excellent care of us on every level in a highly impeccable way by meeting our high standards. rnrnQuality assurance is key in the wine industry and that is where they excel. They understand our needs and have exceeded our expectations throughout the years. Their dedication to customer service is beyond the norm.rnrnFrom reliable quality products and passion for industry knowledge to going the extra mile for me no matter what challenge I put in front of them, they stand firmly behind their word and products. rnrnM.A. Silva is truly dedicated to provide the highest quality cork and customer service. That is why I trust their product for our reserve wines. rn "
- Kevin D. Vecchiarelli, Grgich Hills Estate
" Over the last 10 years Rombauer Vineyards has relied on M.A. Silva to deliver high quality and consistently neutral corks for all of its wines. Meticulous attention to detail from the cork forest to the finished cork is evident every time. "
- Richie Allen, Rombauer Vineyards
" We have worked with M.A. Silva USA for over 5 years. What set them apart from any other in our industry are the relationships they cultivate and a commitment to true service. We also appreciate and are impressed by their commitment to their staff, a sense of family - they treat their customers like family too. We work in a highly demanding and detailed oriented industry and I can trust and relax knowing that they will always deliver on-time and take care of needs. rnrnQuality assurance and keeping up with industry standards is vital in the wine industry - this is where M.A. Silva exceeds expectations. They also continually work with us to keep our bottom line in mind and stay cost efficient.rnrnKnowing you can absolutely rely on a company to deliver quality products and have the latest industry knowledge is a comfort you simply can't put a price on. They stand behind their word and I know they will take care of my company and needs.rn "
- Greg Stach, Landmark Vineyards
" I value family and the sense of trust it brings. That is why I am so impressed with and respect the business and friendship relationships Neil has established especially in-between the Silva family, himself and his staff both in Portugal and California. I know I can trust him implicitly with my business and his impeccable work fulfilling my glass and cork needs. rnrnNeil and his highly professional staff are always prepared to meet our needs no matter the challenge we place in front of them. I am grateful for the constant communication, cooperation, assistance and innovation with developing new and streamlined QC methods in order to procure the exact products we need.rn "
- Todd Graff, Frank Family Vineyards
Title Name Email Phone
President Neil Foster neil@masilva.com 707-236-1195
COO Michael Riel michael@masilva.com 707-2361195
Account Manager Alison Gossage alison@masilva.com 707-477-6414
Account Manager Kathy Turner kturner@masilva.com 805-350-3133
Account Manager Milouda Larsen milouda@masilva.com 707-478-3802
Account Manager Terry Borges tborges@masilva.com 707-478-1797
Account Manager Ryan Riewerts rriewerts@masilva.com 707-236-2250
Account Manager Nathalie Durham Nathalie@masilva.com 707-326-0294
Director of Operations Pacific Northwest Andy Brassinton andy@masilva.com 509-941-8002
Inside Sales/Customer Service Manager Kimberly Toy Kim@masilva.com 707-236-1183
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How is a cork harvested?

Cork is harvested using traditional methods that remain virtually unchanged since the cork’s value was first discovered. The first harvest of cork bark occurs when a tree reaches maturity at approximately twenty years old and is harvested a minimum of every nine years. Harvesting is a very skilled operation that follows a strict code of practice. Regulations determine the legal period of time between each stripping, the ripeness of the bark, and prevailing weather conditions during harvest. Using a sharp knife, an incision is made into the bark. Then the cork is gently removed from tree in sections approximately 1ft. x 3ft. No harm is done to the tree during this bark removal process.

Why use Natural Cork?

Nothing is more ideally suited to sealing a bottle than natural cork. And it’s better for the environment, too.

Natural cork works best because it’s flexible, elastic, and compressible. The typical cork closure is composed of 750,000,000 cells. These cells are watertight, with a gaseous mixture in each cell similar to air that become compressed when inserted into the bottleneck. Once decompressed, the cork stopper recovers its initial size, providing a complete seal.

Natural cork’s elasticity remains dynamic for a long time. Temperature variations during storage cause glass to expand and contract. So does cork, ensuring a complete bottle seal at all times.

Natural cork is resistant to wear and tear. Due to its specific structural composition, cork offers high resistance to humidity and oxidation.

Natural cork is recyclable, renewable and reusable. Cork may be recycled by grinding, and then used in other products like wall panels, shoe soles, and more.

By using natural cork, you ensure the continuity of cork plantations which play a role in maintaining nature’s balance and related ecosystems.

What is the Cork Quality Council? Are you a member?

The Cork Quality Council is a nonprofit organization sponsored by select industry leaders in the U.S. natural cork industry. The council currently sponsors ongoing research with leading wine industry institutions. Its goal is to promote additional improvements in cork quality control.

M. A. Silva has been a proud member of the Cork Quality Council since 2004.

What is TCA?

TCA (2,4,6-Trichloroanisole) is one of a series of naturally occurring compounds resulting from the growth of many fungal species. TCA was as a key contributor to “cork taint”. Although once a concern, our Certified Quality Program (link) has reduced TCA levels to below the threshold of human sensory capabilities.

What off-aroma compounds are removed?

Dynavox® reduces other off-aroma compounds including TCA (2,4,6-Trichloroanisole), 2,3,4,6 –Tetrachloroanisole (TeCA), trichlorophenol (TCP), Pentachloroanisole (PCA) and 2,4,6 -Tribromoanisole (TBA) and others.

Summarize your cleaning processes.

During the last 40 years, M. A. Silva has established itself as an industry technology leader. While simultaneously working with forest managers to improve the quality of the corkwood leaving the forests, we also developed the most comprehensive processing systems in the industry. Producing the finest natural and technical cork products from raw corkwood, requires custom cleaning solutions for each phase of the production cycle

The first stage involves sterilizing the corkwood slabs, while removing off-aroma polyphenols, excess pigments and tannins. We use both intense steam and pressure in our Dynavox® system to unlock the compounds from deep inside the cork matrix. Although this process would damage finished corks and granules, it aggressively reduces TCA well below industry requirements in slabs.

For cork granules intended for technical and agglomerated corks, our SARA® wash uses steam and pressure further reducing TCA and other contaminates. Its tumbling action ensures every surface of each granule receives thoroughly cleaning.

Once finished, both punched (natural) and formed (technical and agglomerated) corks receive a final Maszone® washing. This ensures sterilization, while enhancing appearance.

Dynavox® – M. A. Silva processes all raw cork plants using pressurized steam. This process kills naturally occurring bacteria, micro-spores and fungus. It removes off-aroma compounds such as TCA , reduces/eliminates tannins, and improves the appearance and elasticity of the cork

Maszone® – Maszone® system uses ozonated water and hydrogen peroxide to disinfect finished corks. The solution eliminates microorganisms and their spores, and oxidizes organic impurities and compounds such as phenols and anisoles which could be precursors to off-flavor producing compounds. Maszone® enhances the visual appeal of the cork.

SARA® – The SARA® process removes TCA and other polyphenols in granulated cork that composes Silktop and Sparkling Wine technical corks and Pearl agglomerated wine corks. As the cork granules tumble in an enclosed chamber, SARA® employs controlled steam and pressure to drive the volatile compounds from the cork. The processed material immediately transfers to an attached dryer where the reduction of moisture minimizes the environment most suitable for microorganism growth.

Are the finished corks free of residual chemicals?

Yes. Our Dynavox® and SARA® cleaning processes rely solely on a proprietary combination of pressure, heat and pure filtered water. The Maszone® cleaning processes uses ozonated filtered water, heat and pressure. Ozonated water is the same solution regularly used in food processing.

Why not use alcohol or chlorine in your cleaning solution?

TCA and other off-aroma compounds easily dissolve in steam. By using a combination steam and pressure, we achieve deeper contaminate removal without the addition of hazardous chemicals. Washing processes performed at ambient temperature may not thoroughly treat beyond the surface of the cork. Cellared wine remains in contact with the cork for extended periods inviting migration on interior contaminates. A cork damaged during a subsequent process like printing or bottling, may expose the wine to an untreated surface. Residual chlorine is thought to lead to the reformation of TCA.

What quality certifications do you meet?

ISO 9001:2001 – The International Standards Organization (ISO) ISO 9001:2001 standard for quality management systems certification is awarded to companies that globally implement procedures for providing assurance about its ability to satisfy quality requirements and to enhance customer satisfaction in supplier-customer relationships.

ISO 22000:2005 - The International Standards Organization (ISO) 22000:2005 standard specifies requirements for a food safety management system where an organization in the food chain needs to demonstrate its ability to control food safety hazards in order to ensure that food is safe at the time of human consumption.

Cork Quality Council – All products shipped by M.A. Silva meet or exceed CQC standards.

Systecode Established by CELIÈGE, SYSTECODE is a quality assurance system for the cork industry. Accredited under the SYSTECODE standard, M. A. Silva guarantees that its products comply with the standards.

How do I get independent verification of TCA and volatile contaminates?

M. A. Silva regularly assists its customer with independent verification of our test results.

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