Wine & Liquor


SDI’s SpectraSure™ technology has a vast array of applications. SpectraSure™ is non-organic and safe as an additive to pharmaceuticals, foods, liquids, including wine and spirits, and cosmetics. With SpectraSure™, you can feel confident knowing your product is impossible to counterfeit.

The Problem


Customs officials in Ireland broke up a counterfeit vodka operation that was managed by the Irish Republican Army (IRA) that is estimated to have been a multimillion euro moonshine operation.

In a raid by Customs agents, nearly 110,000 bottles caps, 400,000 fake labels of popular vodka brands, 500 cardboard boxes and a bottling plant was seized in May 2014.


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Intelligence officials state that the IRA is potentially bringing in fake alcohol from Eastern Europe, and is filling up empty bottles with counterfeit alcohol. IRA members collected empty spirit bottles from bars and pubs across Ireland and bring them back to the operations center. There, the bottles are washed and the new labels and bottle tops are attached. The new fake bottles of vodka are then sold to bar owners and vendors across Ireland and the United Kingdom. The moonshine bottles, known as Provo vodka, is readily available across Northern Ireland and is often sold at places where smuggled cigarettes are also available.

The vodka labels discovered by security officials included Smirnoff and Stolichnaya.

(Source:  Jim Cusack, “IRA moonshine operation smashed by Customs officers,” Independent, May 25, 2014.)

The Solution


SpectraSure™ is a non-organic taggant, unique in that, even whilst using sophisticated mass-spectrometry or nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, counterfeiters cannot discern and duplicate the mark. Unlike many other taggants, SpectraSure™ can be incorporated into the component, applied to the component (and its packaging) and can be authenticated in real time, on-site, and on-demand. There is no need for long lead-time and costly laboratory analysis. The SpectraSure™ readers authenticate the mark in milliseconds.

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The SpectraSure™ taggant does not decay over time, can be encoded for specific and targeted tracking activities, and can withstand environmental extremes far in excess of the item marked.



There are common themes within the manufacturing and supply chain for alcoholic beverages. The SpectraSure™ system can be integrated into:


  • The manufacturing process by directly incorporating the SpectraSure™ taggant
    into the alcohol product itself at the distillery;
  • The manufacturing process by incorporating SpectraSure™ into the packaging, part
    marking, logo, or other marks;
  • The supply chain anywhere the alcohol is inspected and tested, including
    distributors and authorized sources;

    Whether you require complete operation and maintenance of your SpectraSure™ system, supply of SpectraSure™ taggant and readers, or a tailored approach, the SDI team can help. For more information and to initiate the SpectraSure™ process, contact us directly using any of our convenient methods.