THE FIGHT AGAINST WATERED-DOWN DRINKS AND COUNTERFEIT ALCOHOL

The solutions

Technological innovation has provided spirits producers with solutions that make packaging counterfeiting more difficult and expensive and hamper significantly the practice of “refilling”.

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Current solution

 

Sistemi Tamper-Evidence (TE)

This indicates a device that shows a bottle already opened or not original or a process that makes it easy to understand if the closure has been forced open, compromising the bottle.
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There are various types of Tamper-Evident system:

TE device with bridges

This TE system is widely used in standard safety closures. The closure is perforated at intervals around its circumference, forming a series of “bridges”. When the closure is unscrewed for the first time, the bridges break, and leave a small plastic ring around the bottle neck. The customer can both feel and hear this action. When the bottle is resealed, this small ring remains detached from the closure, proving that the bottle has already been opened.

Automatic external TE band

This is usually a visible band external to the closure. When the closure is correctly unscrewed, the band breaks and falls off, in a single piece or two pieces depending on the model. When the bottle is sealed again, an empty space is evident in the area where the band originally was. This provides the proof that the bottle has been opened.

Automatic internal TE band

This type of TE device is not usually visible to the consumer until the bottle is opened. When the closure is correctly unscrewed, a coloured band appears around the base of the closure. When the bottle is sealed again, the coloured band is then visible around the circumference of the closure, giving the consumer indisputable proof that the bottle has already been opened.

Tear-off TE band

This type of TE device entails an external band, usually with a tab to facilitate tearing.
To open the bottle, the consumer has to first completely remove the band. Once the band has been removed, the closure can be unscrewed as usual.
The deformation of the TE band means that it cannot be easily replaced.

Cap cover with tear-off TE band

This type of TE device entails an external cap cover that completely encloses the non-refillable closure. To open the bottle, the consumer has to first remove the cap cover by tearing it around the circumference or by sliding it up and down. In this way, the cap cover is destroyed.
At this point, the closure can be unscrewed as usual. Because the cap cover has to be destroyed to be removed, any forced opening of the bottle creates an evident change to the product’s appearance, therefore providing indisputable proof that the bottle has already been opened

 

Non refillable systems

 

Valves or internal devices have been designed to make it difficult to refill the bottle. They comprise 1,2,3 or more elements valves that guarantee easy and linear pouring and avoid refilling.

 

 

There are various types of non refillable system:

Basic protection system

A one-way valve, a non-refillable fitment for a medium/high level of protection.

Advanced protection system

A very complex valve system, with up to three different valves and plastic or glass balls.

 

All refillable systems have been designed to facilitate the use of the product, ensuring controlled pouring and avoiding leaking of the liquid on the bottle.

Capping systems

 

Another important element to hamper the reuse of the packaging or refilling are the positive lock systems to secure the closure on the bottle.
The most secure systems prevent the removal of the closure from the bottle without visible damage of the closure itself or of the neck of the bottle.
The main capping systems closures are:

“Snap-on”

A capping system which secures the closure onto the bottle by means of vertical pressure.

“Roll-on”

A capping system which secures the closure onto the bottle by means of rollers that bend a component of the closure under a bead of the bottle.

“Screw-on”

A capping system which secures the closure onto the bottle by means of screwing.

New solutions

 The increasing need for brand protection by our customers helps Guala Closures Group to seek new technologies.
On the strength of our many years of experience in the safety closures market, our research team continually develops new applications for safety devices: mechanical innovations, lasers, infrared, microchip, matrix code, RFID, etc…

 

Mechanical innovations

Indicator is the first generation of new concept in Tamper Evidence : internal & irreversible. Indicator is a device which is located inside the closure and unhook at first opening, remaining hung and visible inside the bottle.

Prestige is the ultimate innovation for bottles sealed with T-bar corks: the outer wall of the T-bar lifts on opening leaving an irreversible gap after replacing the cork inside the bottle. The feature has been designed to improve the tamper evidence where consumers may see at a glance that the bottle may have been opened.

 

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Technological innovations

Identification and traceability systems integrated into the closures to trace the history of the product from its origin to the final consumer, thus contributing to fight against counterfeiting.
These technologies allow to enclose multiple data in tags or codes that, once read with proper instruments, provide information, also differentiated according to the users (authorities, customer, final consumer etc…)The brand protection technologies include anti-shoplifting, anti-counterfeiting and tracking systems (i.e. RFID, DATA MATRIX, TAGGANT …), as well as the increasingly widespread communication technologies (i.e. QR CODE, NFC …) which can be exploited by end users through the use of their smartphones.