The basic idea of this promotion is direct contact of wineries with customers, distributors and restaurant owners, and exchange of information on supply and demand, and their wines in Berlin were presented by wineries Badel 1862, Belje, Dalmacijavino, PZ Vrbnik and Kutjevo. The fact that our wines are becoming more and more recognizable in Germany is supported by the numbers. In 2017, we exported 786 tons worth over 2 million euros, and in the first nine months of 2018 we exceeded exports of 700 tons and reached a value of 1,9 million euros. “I believe that indigenous varieties such as Teran, Pošip or Debit are a key factor for international positioning. Reasonable prices are also an advantage. But consumers need to be made aware, more educated about such events”, Said the presentation leader Suad Zlatić and pointed out that it is important to adapt to the market:”From experience I can say that if a foreigner cannot read č, ž or š, he will not order that wine”. Despite limited production and thus weak exports, Vrbnička žlahtina is well known to the Germans. “We account for only 10 percent of total exports, but we are here for promotion. Croatia is no longer an anonymous country, we are known in sports, tourism, so why not be by wine”, Said Marino Vladić, director of PZ Vrbnik. By branding Croatia as a wine country, we put the wind in the back of wine exports and that is why we insist on wine promotions. It is easy with the Germans, they are our loyal visitors during the tourist season so they have the opportunity not only to try our wines but also to tie memories”, Said Luka Burilović, President of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce. The Croatian Chamber of Commerce in the Berlin restaurant Oxymoron organized a promotional dinner where wines gathered under the brand were presented Vina Croatia – mosaic wines. Luka Zadro, CEO of Dalmacijavina, said that this promotional dinner was an ideal opportunity to negotiate deals with new distributors, given that Dalmacijavina started exporting to Germany only at the end of last year.
The Trojans swept the Pac-12 Field Athlete of the Week awards this week, taking home the honors for both male and female athletes.It was the second consecutive honor for redshirt junior Eric Sloan, who took home men’s field Athlete of the Week for his victory in the triple jump at last weekend’s Beach Invitational in Long Beach. In order to notch the win, Sloan beat out an Olympian and a former U.S. triple jump champion with a 16.42m finish in the event. The jump was more than two feet longer than any Pac-12 finish this season, and placed Sloan second among all NCAA athletes for this season. He now holds the top distances for the long jump and the triple jump for the Pac-12 this season.Sophomore Margaux Jones finished first among the collegiate athletes at the Beach Invitational, placing third overall in the long jump. Her finish of 6.31m was a season-best and also set a new record for the Pac-12 this season. She finished behind two non-collegiate competitors — a 2015 Pan American Games gold medalist and a former Pac-12 champion.The Trojans now have seven Pac-12 weekly awards under their belts for the track and field season. Other winners include redshirt junior Nick Ponzio, junior Deanna Hill, redshirt senior Just’N Thymes and junior Kendall Ellis. Next up, the Trojans head to San Diego for the Triton Invitational at UCSD. The men’s team is now ranked No. 11 in the country, while the women’s team is staying steady in their slot at No. 5.