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Tamper Evident Solutions / Anti-counterfeiting devices

Every year, hundreds of millions of bottles of the most prestigious brands of spirits are counterfeited; they are refilled with dangerous domestic or industrial products which in many cases, leads to dramatic consequences. It is a phenomenon that continues to grow, provoking irreparable damage to the image of the producers in question not to mention the loss of revenue!

Fake alcohol takes its toll

The rapid growth in counterfeit alcohol production, particularly spirits and fine wines, has enormous consequences on a number of important levels. Economic damage and loss of revenue for both brand owners and tax collectors are only secondary to the serious risks to health from these products and even the threat to life. And brand owners must also take account of damage to their reputation as well.

The scale of the problem

In 2012 it was estimated that in the UK alone the loss to the country’s Treasury was £1.2 billion and set to continue rising, according to figures from the Institute of Economic Affairs * Globally this figure runs into tens of billions of dollars and it is estimated that more than 12% of the total spirits market is made up of illicit products

Aluminium Closures Providing Solutions

Today alcohol producers have a range of solutions to fight the growing counterfeit phenomenon. The illicit practice of ‘refilling’, especially in the spirits industry, can be combated by tamper evident systems and non-refillable devices.

Tamper Evident Systems

One of the most visible solutions is the Tamper-Evident (TE) device as it immediately shows if a closure has been opened and the contents of the bottle potentially compromised.

There are various types of TE systems; among them the classic breaking bridge and the automatic external band are the most commonly adopted solution for aluminium closures.

Non-refillable devices

In addition to the various TE systems, a non-refillable device can be incorporated such as an in-bore (inside the glass bottleneck) or out-bore (locked outside the glass bottleneck) system.

Non-refillable devices for aluminium closures are made up of a large number of components - mainly valves - which allow liquid to be poured out of the bottle, but prevent it being put in.

* Source: Drinking in the Shadow Economy October 2012 by Christopher Snowdon IEA Discussion Paper No. 43 The Institute of Economic Affairs

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