Australia-based Amcor Capsules and Belgian object identification company Selinko have launched a new connected overcap solution, InTact, for the wine and spirit markets.

The InTact overcap contains a near field communication (NFC) tag, which is designed to protect wines and spirits from counterfeiting and fraudulent refilling.

According to Wine Spectator magazine, an estimated 20% of wine sold worldwide is counterfeit.

Businesses or consumers can track or verify the authenticity of their wine bottle by using a near field communication (NFC) smartphone or device to tap the chip embedded in the tag.

Furthermore, the ready-to-cap solution does not require any change to existing bottling lines.

"In the brand protection technologies market, InTact is paving the way to new possibilities for premium wines and spirits."

Selinko CEO Patrick Eischen said: “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.

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“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. (I have) no doubt that InTact will change the anti-counterfeiting landscape.”

France-based winery Domaine Rebourseau will be the first to introduce its Grand Crus connected bottles, equipped with InTact technology, by early 2017.