SOURCE: Cork Supply USA

March 19, 2008 19:28 ET

Cork Supply Group Receives Coveted Forest Stewardship Council Certification

BENICIA, CA--(Marketwire - March 19, 2008) - The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and Soil Association Woodmark have certified the Cork Supply Group as meeting their high standards for providing sustainable cork products produced from responsibly managed forests.

"We were delighted to award FSC certification to the Cork Supply Group, as they provide an important link in the trading chain for FSC cork products," said Vanessa Linforth, Manager of Woodmark's Mediterranean Program. "Wine consumers are learning what a wonderful, renewable, natural product cork is, and that an FSC-certified stopper in their bottle represents a healthy, balanced Mediterranean eco-system that supports traditional livelihoods. We see FSC-certified cork as the only choice for eco-friendly wine consumers."

"The wine industry has taken a leadership role in sustainable production practices," said James Herwatt, CEO of Cork Supply USA. "As North America's largest provider of premium natural cork wine stoppers, we're helping wineries meet their sustainability goals when it comes to packaging by providing natural cork products that meet the strict requirements of FSC certification."

The FSC, an independent, non-profit, non-governmental organization, has established a globally recognized system of independent forest certification and product labeling to help consumers identify timber and products from responsibly managed woodlands. Over the past 13 years, over 90 million hectares of forest in more than 70 countries have been certified according to FSC standards. Today, several thousand products are produced using FSC-certified wood and carry the FSC trademark.

The FSC Principles and Criteria are the only internationally valid standards for responsible forest management where social, environmental and industry interests carry the same weight. FSC principles for forest stewardship include recognition of indigenous peoples' rights, long-term economic viability, sustainable environmental impact and protection of wildlife. The FSC system is supported by numerous environmental organizations, including WWF, Friends of the Earth and Greenpeace, as well as major companies, trade unions and social groups worldwide.

FSC is also the only global forest management certification system that prohibits the use of hazardous pesticides. FSC standards establish that some pesticides, even though legal, should not be used due to their social and environmental consequences. Compliance with all the FSC Principles and Criteria is mandatory to maintain certification. For more information on the FSC, visit their Web site at

Woodmark is the Soil Association's international forestry and chain of custody certification program. A world leader in forest certification, Woodmark was one of the first to achieve Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) accreditation in 1996. Woodmark continues to be one of the most highly respected and innovative forest certification programs. For more information on Woodmark and Soil Association's other sustainable, organic farming initiatives, visit their Web site at Or, email them at

For more than two decades, Cork Supply USA has been redefining quality through innovation, service, expertise and its family of premium winemaking products that now include Innocork™ natural corks, Vapex™ technical corks, Nomacorc™ synthetic closures, Rivercap™ tin capsules, SAVin™ screwcaps, VinOak™ French and American oak barrels and alternatives, Quercus™ French oak barrels and Kelvin™ American oak barrels. All of these products are backed by the same unrivaled assurance of quality control, service, expertise and leadership that Cork Supply USA has built its reputation on. Visit Cork Supply USA's Web site at:

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