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Dec 16
Wednesday, Dec 16, 2020 , Sergey Ponomarev

Award-winning Anti-counterfeiting Startup Celebrates Achievements With a Name Change

Acatena, an IoT & blockchain platform that reinvents premium product authenticity, has changed its name to Authena to reflect the true value that they offer their customers. Their current name, Acatena, is derived from the Italian word “catena” which means “chain” and refers to the supply chain or blockchain. Though, their focus is on much […]

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Dec 16
Wednesday, Dec 16, 2020 , Sergey Ponomarev

The consequences of counterfeiting: not only monetary losses

Selling one thing for another, tampering goods in order to increase their commercial value and copying others’ ideas and inventions to make profits are all old and repeatedly pursued actions since the dawn of times. This of course does not mean that they are legitimate and lawful practices. In fact, besides being morally questionable, they […]

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Dec 16
Wednesday, Dec 16, 2020 , Sergey Ponomarev

Wine fraud, a still fashionable (and profitable) practice

Illicit markets are, for their nature, difficult to analyze. The one involving fake wine makes no exception. In fact, all the available statistics that can be found on the subject are based on estimates and often comprehend the whole “food and beverage” sector. Keeping that in mind, we can report some numbers. According to a […]

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Dec 16
Wednesday, Dec 16, 2020 , Sergey Ponomarev

Blockchain-based traceability for the Food & Beverage sector. The QR code deception

Nowadays, when it comes to produce and sell food and beverages, traceability represents a fundamental requirement. Before becoming an advertising stunt, we must say that the “ability” to “trace” food along the supply chain till the point of sale is mandatory by law. However, following product’s path from the production site to the shelves of […]

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Dec 16
Wednesday, Dec 16, 2020 , Sergey Ponomarev

Illegal agrochemical products. Numbers, risks and solutions

It is not just about the vegetable soup you might eat once a month, it is also about the wooden table on which you eat the soup, or even the cotton shirt you are wearing every day. Now think about all the staple crops in different areas of the world and the ones that are […]

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Dec 16
Wednesday, Dec 16, 2020 , Sergey Ponomarev

Herbs and spices. Hard to recognize, easy to counterfeit

The term “spices” comes from the Latin “species” which indicates a special type of valuable goods that differs from ordinary ones. Due to their exotic characteristics and low availability, in mediaeval times the term gradually came to indicate the vegetable substances of oriental origin mainly used for cooking purposes. Apart from the religious valence and […]

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Dec 16
Wednesday, Dec 16, 2020 , Sergey Ponomarev

The king of wine counterfeiting is free and (maybe) back to business

Rudy Kurniawan, the worldwide known wine fraudster, has been released on November 6, after spending 7 years in prison for his millionaire scams. How to protect your brand against counterfeiting?

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Dec 16
Wednesday, Dec 16, 2020 , Sergey Ponomarev

The mystery of the fake Tignanello and the Sassicaia counterfeiting operation

It seems unreal, but after all the troubles this market went through, wine fraud is still an extensive issue! According to a study conducted by the EUIPO (European Union Intellectual Property Right Office), counterfeit spirits and wine cost the European economy € 2.7 billion a year. (1) Additionally, it is estimated that legitimate wine and […]

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Dec 02
Wednesday, Dec 02, 2020 , Alessandro Tacconelli

WE COMBAT ILLICIT TRADE AND PARTNER WITH BRANDS FOR THE SDGs

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015, provides a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future. At its heart are the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are an urgent call for action by all countries – developed […]

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Nov 06
Friday, Nov 06, 2020 , Alessandro Tacconelli

Veterinary drugs. Fakes and illicit markets

When talking about troubles with veterinary drugs, the first thing that comes to our mind is the extensive use of antibiotics in modern farms. It is true that today antibiotics are the only way to overcome a bacterial disease efficiently. However, their misuse to increase animal growth-rate and productivity can stimulate the development of an […]

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