THE FIGHT AGAINST WATERED-DOWN DRINKS AND COUNTERFEIT ALCOHOL

Methods

28 November 2014

The methods for counterfeiting spirits are varied: from the simple substitution of the contents of the bottle with an inferior product to the production of totally fake packaging and contents which reproduce well known brands and contain ingredients seriously harmful to consumers’ health.

REFILLING

Replacing the authentic product in the original bottle

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  • A bottle’s content is ‘refilled’ with a very low quality, and therefore cheaper, product.
  • This is the easiest and most common form of counterfeiting because it can be done by independent bar and restaurant owners.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

RECONSTRUCTION

Reconstruction of the packaging using its original elements
ricostruzione
 

  • Removal and re-use of closure
  • Re-assembly of a closure using components of different closures
  • Application of a new label
  • Application of a new duty stamp
  • Re-use of bottles
  • Re-use of the outer packaging (e.g. box)

 

 

 


 

 

FAKE PACKAGING

Complete manufacturing of a new packaging

 

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  • Production of certain or all components of the closure
  • Assembly and decoration of the closure
  • Application of a new label
  • Application of a new duty stamp
  • Production of new bottles (even if there is also the re-use of the original ones)
  • production of new outer packaging