Seguin Moreau Napa Cooperage today announced that it has completed the acquisition of Fine Northern Oak, a specialized American oak alternatives company with more than a decade of experience in sourcing top-quality fine grain white oak and designing products for targeted extraction rates.
Fine Northern Oak, based in Appleton, Wis., will operate as part of the Seguin Moreau group and will benefit from the quality control program and resources within the group. An extended agreement was reached with Fine Northern Oak’s wood supplier to ensure consistent quality and additional volume of oak.
The cooperage will acquire the Fine Northern Oak brand, as well as existing inventory and equipment. Founder David Plumb remains with the company. Current sales agent Philippe Michel of Oak Tradition will continue to represent the company in the Pacific Northwest.
“This acquisition is in line with our development of top quality products specialized in their market, respecting entirely their own philosophy and strategy,” said Nicolas Mähler-Besse, Seguin Moreau President & CEO. “This will extend our department of oak alternatives, to always better service our customers.”
Fine Northern Oak underwent years of research trials studying grain orientation’s effect on extraction of oak flavor compounds, including vanillin and furfural. Its efficient product shapes capitalized on scientific findings, designed towards quicker extraction times.
“This is a very exciting opportunity. We have seen the great results of Fine Northern Oak products in the marketplace and they align perfectly with Seguin Moreau’s dedication to innovative, quality products with great research and development,” said Christopher Hansen, General Manager of Seguin Moreau Napa Cooperage.
Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
ABOUT SEGUIN MOREAU
Seguin Moreau builds on nearly two centuries of tradition and more than three decades of pioneering oenological research, consistently delivering top-quality oak for wineries’ barrel programs. In 1994, the company established the Seguin Moreau Napa Cooperage to support United States wineries and bring cooperage operations closer to local winemakers. Classically trained in France and Scotland, Seguin Moreau coopers manufacture barrels ranging from 225L Bordeaux and Burgundy Export to 500L barrels to casks and tasks.
*Note: Company representatives will be available for additional comment January 29th and 30th at the Unified Wine & Grape Symposium in Sacramento, Calif. (Booth #1534).
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