May 2015 Issue of Wines & Vines

Product Focus: Anti-Counterfeit Systems

Just as the threats from counterfeiters and gray market profiteers grow, so too do the number of products designed to protect your wine once it's bottled and leaves the winery.

by Andrew Adams

Selinko and Inside Secure
Selinko and Inside Secure’s CapSeal system is a tamper-proof capsule with an embedded chip to authenticate a bottle and its contents as well as prevent fraudulent refilling. The product consists of an Inside Secure VaultIC 150X chip connected to a flat antenna that affixes, like a label, to the bottle just above the cork. To prevent anyone from refilling a bottle, the tag is mechanically deactivated when removing the bottle’s capsule. The chip also can be scanned to authenticate a wine bottle.


Prooftag’s FiberTag incorporates the randomness of fibers in paper pulp to create a unique security tag for each label applied to a bottle of wine. Prooftag records the “unique dispersion of fibers” in each label and then applies a serialized QR code and records each label on the Prooftag Cerv online platform to provide digital marketing as well as track and trace and analytics. The tag also can be checked with a smartphone for authenticity.

SecureRF’s LIME Tag NX01 is a secure near-field communication (NFC) tag that utilizes public infrastructure technology to deliver identification and authentication without needing a database or Internet connectivity. The device does not require a battery or other external power source, and it is available as an inlay, card or chip for integration into existing products, labels or tags.


Holoptica’s holoQR features a barcode embedded in the holographic image and provides on-the-spot verification of products. The code can be linked to Holoptica’s verification database or to another server.

Tesa Scribos
Tesa Scribos’ new BevSeal is an adhesive seal that is affixed to the neck of the bottle. Once the bottle is opened, the seal is destroyed. The seal features a sequence of numbers and letters specific to the individual item, and each seal can be authenticated with an app that also links to the company’s product tracking system for the sales and distribution network.

K Laser

K Laser Technology
K Laser Technology produces holographic labels or stickers that feature 3-D images, covert letters, microtext or nanotext. The company can also incorporate barcodes or serial numbers produced with a demetallization process. The labels can also be made tamper evident with custom break patterns.


SICPA Securink Corp. provides capsule makers with tamper-evident materials as well as overt and covert authentication materials. The supplier also works with label printers to provide security labels for authentication. Labels can feature datamatrix or QR codes as unique identifiers to provide authentication through the entire distribution and sales chain. The company’s inks can be verified with a “validator” card to quickly ensure a wine is authentic.

Complete Inspection

CompleteInspection’s proprietary HD Barcode can embed more than 700KB of data in a 2-D barcode that can contain a variety of covert data for product tracking and authenticate a product. The code can also be embedded with a link to a smartphone app that will display a full-color image of the product and its security features for authentication that doesn’t require connecting to database or the Internet.

Cedar Code
Cedar Code’s new Cedar Seal is designed to prevent the refilling of bottles. The product can be placed the on the cork or between the capsule and the cork, where it must be broken to remove the cork and serve the wine. The seal cannot be easily reattached or removed. A depiction of the seal in its proper location can also be printed on a wine back label, and the seal is available in several colors and models to make refilling and resealing even more difficult.

TruTag produces high-purity silica that is encoded with a unique spectral pattern to serve as “edible bar codes.” The silica can be incorporated into a product or packaging to provide provenance control, authenticity and other information through the TruTag reader.

eProvenance’s system is designed to monitor the conditions during wine shipping, but the supplier reports its Bottle Tag can also be used as an anti-counterfeit device as well. The tag associates with the temperature sensor in the “parent” wine case that bottle was shipped inside, and that information is stored in eProvenance’s database. The NFC-enabled chip can be scanned with a smartphone to ensure the bottle is authentic.

Microtrace produces a variety of “taggants” designed to protect and authenticate products. The company’s taggants can be incorporated into labels and synthetic corks. The company also provides laser markings that can range from visible images to invisible tags such as microscopic barcodes in the center of the glass.

Advanced Track and Trace
Advanced Track and Trace unveiled its ID Pack Line system
at the 2015 Vinitech-Sifel show in Bordeaux, France. The company developed a system to be used with a tablet device to help manage and track product packaging from the winery to the customer. Designed for small to medium wineries, the system helps simplify production, ensures bottle traceability and incorporates a marketing function with a mobile website accessible with a QR code.

Kodak’s “traceless ultracovert” system can age for decades just like the high-end wines the product is intended to protect. The tag can be applied to capsules and labels and last for the life of the wine. Each capsule tag is unique to the bottle to prevent refilling, and Kodak’s product can also be incorporated into a wine label during printing to add another layer of protection.

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