29 Nov Selinko & Amcor launch InTact, the first connected capsule offering a unique solution for wines and spirits to fight counterfeiting. Domaine Rebourseau in Burgundy will be the first winery to adopt InTact.
Amcor and Selinko will showcase InTact during Vinitech on November 29-December 1, 2016 in Bordeaux
Amcor Capsules, world leader in creation of premium capsules, and Selinko, the object identification company, are proud to announce the launch of InTact, the first high-quality connected overcap to protect wines & spirits against counterfeiting and fraudulent refilling.
By using an NFC (Near Field Communication) smartphone or device to tap the chip embedded in the tag together with the Selinko mobile application platform, any industry player or consumer can now easily verify the authenticity of their bottle.
Wine & spirits counterfeiting and the shift towards smart packaging
According to the magazine Wine Spectator, 20% of wine sold worldwide is counterfeit(1).
The rise of the mobile generates new usages and habits (video chat, mobile shopping, contactless payment etc.). The Internet of Things demonstrates a strong growth and the Gartner group announces 20,8 Bn objects connected by 2020. Wines and Spirits will also be part of this Internet of Things revolution. 75% of Chinese consumers would rather purchase a wine with an anti-counterfeiting technology(2).When it comes to IoT and secure payment, NFC is the leading enabling technology. Today more than 330 smartphone models are already NFC enabled(3).
Amcor Capsules has taken up a technical challenge by developing a specific overcap to directly embark the NFC tag. The qualitative decoration process and the discreet integration of the tag allow brands to maintain a strong and premium image. InTact is a ready-to-cap solution that requires no change on the bottling line. “We are very proud of the tremendous work accomplished by our R&D engineers”, says Arturo Martorelli, Sales & Marketing Director of Amcor Capsules. “Our priority was to facilitate the implementation of the capsule on our customers’ bottling lines. This led us to integrate the NFC tag directly in the overcap. Besides, the marketing managers appreciate the discretion of the solution that causes no disruption of the pack while maintaining a high brand image.”
The power of a multi-services platform
Amcor’s connected overcap combined with Selinko’s platform enables wine and spirit brands to fight counterfeits. Anyone tapping the overcap with an NFC smartphone can authenticate the bottle, verify its status (opened/not opened yet) and get information about the product (vintage, production, history, serving tips, etc.) as well as the brand. Selinko’s platform also allows brands to better control their distribution network to detect gray markets by involving the end consumer as final controller.
Selinko provides unique consumer engagement services, while collecting real-time consumer insights. InTact marketing services remain active even after the opening of the bottle to pursue the experience anytime, anywhere. The level of security of the NFC tag can be adapted to the brand needs and budget: from no security for marketing engagement for instance up to bank-level security.
Patrick Eischen, CEO of Selinko: “A revolution is happening. Connected products and packaging are booming and no market will be spared. NFC technology will become inevitable in our day-to-day life. If you look at mobile payment for instance, 85% of transactions will be NFC-based by 2019. In the brand protection technologies market, InTact is paving the way to new possibilities for premium wines and spirits. InTact is intuitive, innovative, non-intrusive and aligned with market connected age evolution. Compared to other long-term existing technologies, it doesn’t require any particular expertise on consumer or distributor’s side when it comes to identifying a visual marking as being original or fake. No doubt that InTact will change the anti-counterfeiting landscape.”
Rebourseau estate in Gevrey-Chambertin, first wine to adopt InTact
The well-renowned Burgundy estate, Henri Rebourseau will adopt InTact technology on several vintages of his Clos de Vougeot wines. The first Grand Crus connected bottles, equipped with InTact technology, will be available on the market first quarter 2017.
(1) Robert Taylor, Wine Spectator, November 21, 2013
(2) Rhys Pender, “Counterfeit Wine – Its Impact on the Business of Wine”, dissertation, The Institute of Master of Wine, March 2010, p .34.
(3) ABI Research 2016
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Amcor Limited (ASX: AMC; www.amcor.com) is a global leader in responsible packaging solutions, focusing on a broad range of flexible and rigid plastic packaging that enhances the products consumers use in everyday life, with 95 percent of its sales into the food, beverage, healthcare and tobacco industries. The company employs more than 31,000 people worldwide, operating in 40-plus countries and across more than 190 sites.
About Amcor Capsules
Amcor Capsules is a market leader specializing in the design and manufacture of overcaps and closures for wine, sparkling wine and spirits. Amcor Capsules has plants in France, Canada, USA and Chile.
We give each object a digital identity. Selinko is the only all-in-one solutions provider for brands that want to connect their products to the Internet of Things. We mark each product with an NFC tag that holds a unique digital identifier, which can be read using an NFC smartphone. This identity enables us to provide high value-added services to brands such as, product authentication (up to bank-level security), gray market detection, consumer engagement and a patented, certified e-commerce solution to eradicate the sale of fake products online. Our solution is adapted to different sectors such as wines and spirits, leather goods, perfumes and cosmetics, footwear and apparel, etc.