Royal Wine Corp. has gone "Green" with its latest project to ensure energy efficiency and sustainability.

Bayonne, NJ - December 12, 2011 - Royal Wine Corp. (RWC), is proud to announce the completion of a solar power system on the roof of its corporate headquarters and warehouse facility located in Bayonne, New Jersey. RWC is a leading specialty wine producer in New York and California, as well as an importer and distributor, and is also the parent company of Kedem Food Products.
Royal Wine Corp. joins fellow New Jersey corporations including Fed Ex, McGraw Hill, M&M Mars and Johnson & Johnson that have installed energy saving, green alternatives. For the next 20 years, the 1.15 megawatt solar system is estimated to be able to supply up to 65% of the power needs for Royal Wine Corp. via sustainable, renewable energy.
"We are very proud to take this step to further our commitment to sustainability in our operations and reduce our carbon footprint," said Sheldon Ginsberg, Executive Vice President of Royal Wine Corp. "This is one of many green initiatives undertaken by Royal Wine Corp. and our affiliates and it further reflects our pride and commitment to the United States, energy conservation and overall efficiency."
The solar power installation, which is owned and operated by RWC, covers nearly 4 acres of rooftop space that would otherwise go unused - causing no negative impact to the environment. It consists of 5,000 Schott Polycrystaline Solar Panels which were manufactured in the United States of America and have been designed to specifically meet the facility's energy needs. RWC will be utilizing a federal incentive program afforded by the American Recovery Act that allows a 30% federal grant on the project. In addition to this program, Royal Wine will participate in the New Jersey Clean Energy Program allowing companies to earn Solar Renewable Energy Certificates.
Herzog Wine Cellars, the company's California winery also maintains strictly sustainable winegrowing policies and practices, as it has since its inception in 1985. It prides itself on reducing its carbon footprint by sourcing materials from local producers and distributors, participating in Lodi Rules for Sustainable Winegrowing (a 3rd party-certified sustainable winegrowing program) and working with environmental experts to more effectively dispose of wastewater, garbage and other recyclables.

EL AL Israel Airlines Awarded Best White Wine In First Class On Any International Flight and Best Airline Security

New York, NY - December 12, 2011 - EL AL Israel Airlines placed first in the "Wines on the Wing" airline competition as well as having the Best Airline Security by readers of Global Traveler magazine, which has a readership of business and luxury travelers. The winning white wine was selected by 31 expert judges who are wine connoisseurs, sommeliers, wine shop owners and winemakers. EL AL Vice President, North and Central America, Danny Saadon accepted the award on behalf of the airline in front of hundreds of travel industry leaders.
The winning white wine for the category of "Best International First Class White Wine" is Gewurztraminer, produced by the Carmel Winery, which is located in the northern part of Israel. Gewurztraminer is currently served in First Class on all EL AL flights.
"Earning First place recognition from these discerning judges is certainly an honor," said Danny Saadon, vice president, EL AL Israel Airlines, North and Central America. "We are proud of the many fine Israeli wines served in-flight in all classes of service on EL AL as they represent the cultivated vineyards of Israel that are well-regarded worldwide."
A total of 28 airlines participated in this seventh annual Global Traveler "Wines on the Wing" blind tasting competition and provided 136 bottles of white, red and sparkling wines/champagne. Global Traveler is the only U.S.A. based publication to conduct such a survey.
The Best Airline Security Award was selected via another Global Traveler survey which offered questionnaires to magazine subscribers, online followers, as well as through email and direct mail. More than 36,000 qualifying surveys were received by the magazine for this year's survey. "The security of our passengers is always a priority for EL Al. We are honored to receive this prestigious award as the best in the business from such a well respected magazine," said Saadon. This is the fifth consecutive year that EL Al has won this award, the same amount of time the security award has been in existence.