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Dangerous Goods Questions That You Should be Able to Answer!

September 28th, 2021 by Howard Skolnik

Filed under: DOT/UN, HazMat, Skolnik Newsletter

As shippers of Dangerous Goods, there is an endless necessity of learning the proper protocol and regulations for packaging and shipping classified contents. The DOT published a list of questions that all packagers and shippers should be able to answer. The questions appear below, you can find the answers here:

  1. Why is the classification of a hazmat so important?
  2. How do I classify a product as hazmat?
  3. Are there any exceptions to hazmat transportation regulations?
  4. What is a hazardous material (hazmat)?
  5. Who is required to be trained?
  6. How do I get training?
  7. What kind of shipping documentation do I need to prepare?
  8. How can I obtain the correct hazmat packaging and markings and labels?
  9. What is emergency response information?
  10. What is an emergency response telephone number?
  11. Do I need to develop a safety and security plan?
  12. Do I need to keep records of hazmat shipments?
  13. What are the penalties for not complying with hazmat transportation regulations?

It’s up to you to find, and know, these answers!
Click here for answers to these questions.

Essential Oil Storage

September 21st, 2021 by Natalie Mueller

Filed under: Industry News

Amidst the stress and cacophony of the last few years, it is no wonder that more and more people worldwide have begun to explore the benefits of essential oils. In many cultures, aromatherapy and essential oils have played a critical role in personal care for centuries. The more recent mainstream appeal may have something to do with more modern research catching up with their use. Regardless of how or why the essential oil industry continues to grow, one thing is certain: manufacturers need a way to safely and effectively store their material.

Essential oils are basically plant extracts, as such they need to be kept as fresh and pure as possible. Wouldn’t you know, we can help with that? You see, best practices for storing essential oils are very similar to the best practices for storing other personal care items and, believe it or not, wine.

That is, that, like wine, the best way to store essential oils is in a cool, dry place. Somewhere that temperature and potential contaminants in the air cannot taint the purity of the product. Furthermore, similar to wine, direct light is the enemy of essential oils. That’s why essential oils and wines are packaged in dark glass for consumers. It is recommended to keep oils away from direct sunlight, heat or other light.

These factors: the food-grade sealing, the moisture, temperature and light control, are all reasons why stainless steel is a powerful and popular container choice for wine fermentation and storage. And, as such, stainless steel is a powerful ally for essential oil storage as well.

At Skolnik, we manufacture stainless steel wine and liquor drums, food-grade stainless steel containers, and cosmetic and personal-care safe stainless steel containers. We’d love to help you with stainless steel drums for essential oil storage as well.

DOT Appoints Port Envoy to Address Supply Chain Disruptions

September 21st, 2021 by Howard Skolnik

Filed under: DOT/UN, Skolnik Newsletter

In August 2021, the White House and the U.S. Department of Transportation announced that John D. Porcari will be the Port Envoy to the Biden-Harris Administration Supply Chain Disruptions Task Force. Envoy Porcari will work closely with DOT Secretary Buttigieg and the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) as well as the National Economic Council to address congestion at U.S. ports. Disruptions in global shipping and rapid shifts in demand have led the cost of shipping containers between China and the West Coast to grow more than 90% compared to 2019. Containerized cargo volumes rose 40% in the first half of this year compared to the same time last year at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, which together handle the largest share of containerized cargo moving through U.S. ports. Envoy Porcari will address the backlog and associated delivery delays and product shortages being experienced by American consumers and businesses.

In addition to the Task Force’s work, USDOT’s Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) is also working to address supply chain disruptions at ports. FRA made nearly $362 million of funding available through its Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements (CRISI) Grant Program. CRISI funds projects that can help reduce congestion by enhancing multi-modal connections and improving service integration between rail and other modes at port facilities. These grants will help build resilience across the American supply chain.

Click here to read the full announcement.

In Defense of Terroir

September 4th, 2021 by Jon Stein

Filed under: Skolnik Newsletter, Wine

In an editorial featured in the Wine Industry Advisor, Randy Caparoso poses an interesting question: “Does wine-related terroir exist anymore?” He explains that: “This is a valid question, even if a silly one. Of course, terroir exists. If it doesn’t, entire belief systems built upon the premise that terroir accounts for not just sensory differences but also quality distinctions—such as in Bordeaux’s Grand Crus classification, or Germany’s hierarchy of Qualitätswein—would come crashing down upon us. How embarrassing, at least for us wine traditionalists.”

Randy continues: “That is to say, our senses have become deadened, that soil can indeed exert both quality and taste differentials—despite the related argument recently aired in certain circles that soil cannot impact “flavor” in wine, at least in terms of direct uptake via vine roots. It’s pretty much established, for instance, that high pH calcareous soils, like what you find in Burgundy or Paso Robles, have an inverse impact on pH in grapes—hence, on resulting wines. Calcareous soils, in other words, tend to produce wines with higher acidity than non-calcareous soils. This is science, not fiction. These observations are borne from observations that are, literally, as old as the hills of France’s Chablis, with its highly calcareous, fossilized oyster shell soils. Yes, climate has a lot to do with the differentiations, but soil is also a big part of terroir in terms of the sensory profiles of resulting wines. The proof is in the Burgundy.”

The editorial concludes that: “The way we market and sell New World wines, particularly through numerical ratings, has further skewed the way we look at all wines, even those grown in the Old World with their quaint, arguably antiquated, notions of terroir. Unquestionably, having a high “score” has become as good an attribute for a wine as anything on a sensory level. Sensory manifestations of terroir, by the same token, will probably always be there—at least in our best and most interesting wines. Whether or not we are able, to perceive them.”

Here at Skolnik Industries, using our stainless steel wine barrels helps you get a top “score”. Note that our stainless steel wine barrels are reusable, easy to clean, and recyclable at the end of their service life. Check out the full line of our Stainless Steel Wine Drums here.