Rudy Kurnawian loses bid for freedom
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Rudy Kurnawian loses bid for freedom

Rudy Kurnawian, the Indonesian wine fraudster, failed on Monday to persuade a U.S. judge to set aside his 10-year prison term for counterfeiting an estimated $30 million worth of wine. U.S. District Judge Richard Berman rejected for a second time the “strategic decision” argument presented by Kurnawian’s lawyers. In December 2015, a federal appeals court rejected an earlier request. When Kurnawian was arrested on March...

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25 Sep 2017
The Global Scope of Counterfeiting – INFOGRAPHIC
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The Global Scope of Counterfeiting – INFOGRAPHIC

Brand manufacturers are eager to protect consumers from counterfeits, meet the latest regulations and avoid FDA sanctions and recalls. Solutions that track and trace a product through the entire supply chain have become increasingly vital as a result. PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, examined this trend in depth by interviewing 75 brand manufacturers, industry experts and technology suppliers. The infographic here

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19 Sep 2017
China Is Facing An Epidemic Of Counterfeit And Contraband Wine
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China Is Facing An Epidemic Of Counterfeit And Contraband Wine

In 1985, a single bottle of wine was sold for a record-breaking $157,000 at Christie’s in London. The purchaser was Christopher Forbes, who was bidding on behalf of his father Malcolm Forbes, the founder of this publication. The bottle was the so-called Thomas Jefferson bottle, a 1787 Lafite. It was thought to have the founding father’s initials ‘Th.J’ carved on to the amber green glass. Other...

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10 Sep 2017
6000 bottles of fake wine busted in China
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6000 bottles of fake wine busted in China

More than 6,000 bottles of counterfeit Chinese wines were busted in Xianyang city in China’s northwestern Shaanxi province, highlighting the problem of fake wines that affects the country’s well-known domestic brands, which still constitute the majority of wine consumption on the mainland. Police in Xiangyang uncovered more than 6,030 bottles of fake wines worth about RMB 300,000 (US$45,180) – including imitations of more than 10...

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04 Sep 2017
Heritage protection is the main issue for French Winemakers
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Heritage protection is the main issue for French Winemakers

BÉZIERS, France — On a late evening in March, a group of winegrowers wearing black balaclavas forced their way into one of France’s largest wine brokerages and ignited three Molotov cocktails. Within minutes, the business, Passerieux Vergnes Diffusion, was in flames. Vigilante vignerons had previously raided two big wine distributors nearby, in the Languedoc wine-producing region, smashing offices and dumping a river of red wine into the...

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27 Aug 2017
Netofa Winery & BrandGuard
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Netofa Winery & BrandGuard

The Galilee-based Netofa Winery inaugurated few days ago their new wines in a private loft in Tel Aviv. An excellent reason to celebrate with the press, all the partners and friends the best wines of the winery accompanied with a selection of local chef’s specialties… and the announcement of their partnership with BrandGuard! The wedding grooms were two TEL QASSER wines, white and red, tasty...

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23 Aug 2017
40 million-bottle fake French wine scam probed
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40 million-bottle fake French wine scam probed

French wine routed through bulk wine trading company Raphael Michel is under investigation for an alleged multi-million-pound fraud operation involving as much as 30 million litres of the alcohol. It is alleged that cheap red table wine was being relabelled and passed off as premium wine. Head of Raphael Michel, Guillaume Ryckwaert (39), was arrested at the end of June and later released on a...

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20 Aug 2017
09 Aug 2011, Shanghai, China --- A passenger is scanning QR codes of the products on offer with a cellphone in a subway supermarket in Shanghai, China, 9 August 2011.    A new mobile shopping experience is coming to major cities around China with a subway network, and is currently being tested in Shanghai and Beijing. Its basically a rip-off of what Tesco Homeplus has done in South Korea. Subway stations have been converted into virtual supermarkets. What you need to do is to scan the QR codes of the products you want, and once youre done with your purchase, the goods are delivered to your doorstep when you get home and are paid upon receipt. --- Image by © Imaginechina/Corbis
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The rise of the QR code in China

QR codes? Those black-and-white graphics that take you to a URL when scanned with your phone. Sine 2011 they are everywhere. Brands splashed them across posters, put them in shop windows and integrated them into creative advertising. But in 2017 China is definitely addict and it’s part of the daily life over there. QR codes in China are convenient, quick and painless to use, lead...

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08 Aug 2017
Wine counterfeiting. What are the real risks?
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Wine counterfeiting. What are the real risks?

How much the the French market is affected by the counterfeiting of wines and spirits? How to protect against it? Some  explanations of Aymeric de Clouet, wine expert in Paris. Wines from the estate of Romanée Conti, bottles of Mouton Rothschild, Petrus … Those famous names are also the victims of counterfeits all around the world, and it’s getting worst with the development of Internet...

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31 Jul 2017
Fakes still a problem in China
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Fakes still a problem in China

Despite increased scrutiny from authorities, fake wines still litter the supply chain in China, undermining consumer confidence. Wine which claims to be something that it is not, whether it’s plonk passing itself off as premier cru or simply a forgery or a well known label, has existed as long as wine has been drunk. It’s also widely documented that in recent years there has been...

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23 Jul 2017
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