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100% Cork Launches Campaign to Help Wineries Gain Market Share with the Use of Cork

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Selected Wineries that Use Cork to be Provided with Range of Powerful Marketing Tools to Promote their Brands

NAPA, Calif., Jan. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- 100% Cork, the movement to educate wine drinkers and wine makers about the social, technical and environmental benefits of natural cork, is launching a new campaign to show all wineries how they can increase their revenues and market share by sealing their bottles with natural cork. 

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The campaign, which will be unveiled at this month's Unified Wine and Grape Symposium in Sacramento, will offer powerful marketing tools to wineries that prefer cork to help them promote their brands.  The tools include access to the campaign's social media sites, including 100% Cork Facebook page with more than 60,000 followers, marketing collaterals and news media placements. 

A recent study by the Tragon Corporation, one of the wine industry's most respected marketing research firms, once again confirmed that consumers overwhelmingly prefer to purchase wines sealed with natural cork.  Sixty-one percent of respondents expressed a preference for cork, compared to only 3 percent who preferred aluminum screw-caps. Research shows that consumers equate a bottle sealed with natural cork with better wine and better quality when compared to alternative closures.

"Despite consumer preference for natural cork, most wineries that use cork rarely inform customers of their choice of closure," said Carlos de Jesus, Global Campaign Director for the Portuguese Cork Association. "Our goal is to partner with wineries that use cork to help them promote this powerful but largely unrealized marketing advantage." 

Added Peter Weber, Executive Director of the Cork Quality Council: "We believe wineries that highlight their use of cork will find a warm reception among wine consumers.  The story of cork resonates with wine drinkers and is a major factor in differentiating wine."

Although many wineries have turned to artificial closures, particularly for cheaper wines, emerging evidence suggests that aluminum screw-caps are highly susceptible to damage that ends up adversely affecting wine.  According to a study published recently in Wine and Viticulture Journal:  "Screwcap damage is a significant issue and shown to be surprisingly high in retail at a level of 8.2% of screwcapped bottles. This is greater than the previous industry-wide problem of cork taint which led to the rapid change in closure type."  Numerous studies indicate that only about 1-2 percent of bottles sealed with natural cork are tainted.

100% Cork representatives look forward to meeting with wine makers at the Unified Wine and Grape Symposium in Sacramento on January 29 and 30.  The 100% Cork booth will be located at booth 312.  Visitors will receive free gifts and the chance to win nifty prizes.

About Cork
Natural cork has been the preferred wine closure for centuries.  It offers the ideal closure for the proper aging of wine and is one of the world's most sustainable products. Biodegradable and recyclable, its use provides an economic incentive to preserve vast cork oak forests in the Mediterranean Basin that trap greenhouse gases, prevent desertification and provide habitat for hundreds of plant and animal species.

About the Cork Quality Council
Based in Napa, Calif., the CQC is a non-for-profit organization founded to promote education and improved quality assurance procedures for the wine and cork industries.  The CQC and the Portuguese Cork Association are funding 100% Cork.  More information can be found at http://www.corkqc.com.

About the Portuguese Cork Association
The Portuguese Cork Association (APCOR) represents and promotes the Portuguese Cork Industry. It is an employers' association, of national scope, founded in 1956 and based in the north of Portugal, in Santa Maria de Lamas, a town just over half an hour from Oporto, the second largest city in the country. APCOR's mission is to promote and develop cork as a raw material of excellence, as well as all cork-based products and derivatives. More information can be found at http://www.realcork.org/.

About 100% Cork
100% Cork is a campaign to educate U.S. wine consumers, retailers and wineries about the benefits of choosing wine with natural cork closures because of cork's environmental, technical and societal advantages.  More information can be found at www.100percentcork.org and https://www.facebook.com/100PercentCork

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