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Counterfeit Wine

Discussion in 'Cookery' started by modelmaker, Feb 19, 2011.

  1. modelmaker

    modelmaker Occasional commenter

    <a target="_blank">http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-12456556[/URL]

    "More than a quarter of licensed premises in some areas of the country have been found to be selling counterfeit alcohol. Trading Standards says it is a growing problem and there are concerns fake alcohol is being made by organised gangs on an industrial scale in the UK.
    Counterfeit alcohol tends to be rebottled wine, where cheaper wine is poured into a more expensive bottle, or fake alcohol which is made in illegal factories in the UK."

    Do you take the trouble to read the labels?
     
  2. modelmaker

    modelmaker Occasional commenter

    <a target="_blank">http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-12456556[/URL]

    "More than a quarter of licensed premises in some areas of the country have been found to be selling counterfeit alcohol. Trading Standards says it is a growing problem and there are concerns fake alcohol is being made by organised gangs on an industrial scale in the UK.
    Counterfeit alcohol tends to be rebottled wine, where cheaper wine is poured into a more expensive bottle, or fake alcohol which is made in illegal factories in the UK."

    Do you take the trouble to read the labels?
     
  3. nick909

    nick909 Star commenter

    Interesting article. I'd suggest that this would only be an issue at small, independent off-licences and specifically those that sell cheaper wines and certainly not specialised ones. Supermarkets should be safe, and so should specialist offies for people who actively source decent wine. The bootleggers would, I'd expect, target popular brands, such as the Californian and Australian brands that seem to do extremely well in the mass market over here. The bottle referred to in the article was Blossom Hill - you'd have to pay me to drink the stuff, never mind buy it! Small, lesser known producers, French or other European wine would probably not be touched. I suppose though that medium priced bottles of popular Rioja brands, say, such as Faustino or Campo Viejo could be targetted. We get all of our wine from either supermarkets, small, specialist wine merchants or from specialist on-line dealers. We should be safe, I think.
     
  4. modelmaker

    modelmaker Occasional commenter

    I agree, it's more likely to occur in the small independent off-licences than a a major retailer, but the scale of the problem concerns me. It also concerns me what else we might discover in the future in other things we digest.
    You might be interested to learn I attended a very interesting lecture on packaging a few years ago. It described all the processes a package might go through before it ends up wrapped around a product on a supermarket shelf.
    Each process, be it printing the card for the box, hot foiling it, embossing it, stamping the box out, gluing it and forming it into a pack costs money to do. Think of it in terms that a plain box costs X and each process costs another X.
    The guy giving the lecture had been showing images from a packaging factory he'd visted and had asked his guide a simple question. "You go to all this trouble to make a package, say for tube of toothpaste, and the first thing I do when I get home is take out the tube of toothpaste and throw the packaging in the bin. Why does the industry take so much trouble?"
    The answer he got was about counterfeiting the product. The more trouble it becomes to to copy an article, the less profit there will be in doing so and the counterfeiters will go elsewhere.
    It's really very sad that we live in a world where you have to question things you buy in good faith, but we shall have to get used to doing so.
     
  5. nick909

    nick909 Star commenter

    Interesting indeed, but yes, a sad indictment of our times where companies are forced to produce more expensive, pollutiing packaging, in order to protect their product.
     

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