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Barbadillo to use Thin Film Electronics NFC technology to authenticate bottles of rare sherry

Barbadillo family felt compelled to protect the sherry - given the rarity of this release and its significance to the family

24 Feb 2016 | Editor

Thin Film Electronics (Thinfilm) has announced that Barbadillo has unveiled an exclusive release of rare sherry in "smart bottles" protected by Thinfilm's NFC-based authentication technology. The NFC OpenSense tags incorporated into each bottle are specifically designed to thwart counterfeiters, prevent unauthorized refills, and facilitate product authentication.

According to the announcement the Versos 1891 was originally a gift to Manuel Barbadillo by his father as a christening present in 1891, and was already then described as an old Amontillado. Stored in the humid cellars of Barbadillo in Sanlucar de Barrameda, Andalusia, generations of winemakers from the Barbadillo family, as well as the firm's coopers and cellar masters, have acted as its custodians while it aged slowly in the balanced conditions required of the finest old sherries.

Thin Film Electronics / Barbadillo - NFC technology to secure and authenticate rare sherry

Figure: Thin Film Electronics / Barbadillo - NFC technology to secure and authenticate rare sherry

Each bottle of Versos 1891 will have an NFC OpenSense tag incorporated into the bottle that can distinguish between the product's "factory sealed" and "opened" states.

Using Thinfilm's custom app and cloud-based platform, the tag can wirelessly transmit authentication data to consumers with the tap of an NFC-enabled smartphone.

In addition, each tag is uniquely identifiable and trackable, and cannot be cloned.

Thinfilm worked closely with Constantia Flexibles, a trusted partner and one of the world's leading manufacturers of flexible packaging and labels, on incorporating the NFC OpenSense technology within the Versos 1891 bottle. Spear USA Inc., Constantia's label division led the integration efforts.

Manuel Barbadillo, Chairman of Barbadillo and grandson of Don Manuel, said, "Versos 1891 is the celebration of an extraordinary man, a legendary winery, and a deep-rooted tradition of winemaking." Manuel added, "Given the rarity of this release and its significance to the Barbadillo family, we feel compelled to protect it. Thinfilm's technology delivers that protection, for our business and our valued consumers."
Davor Sutija, CEO of Thinfilm, said, "It's gratifying that an emerging Norwegian technology company can deliver value to a centuries-old Spanish winery on such a meaningful initiative." Davor added, "The Barbadillo brand has a rich history, and we're delighted that our NFC OpenSense technology is playing a role in protecting that legacy."

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About Thin Film Electronics

Thinfilm is a leader in the development and commercialization of printed electronics. The first to commercialize printed, rewritable memory, the Company is creating printed systems that include memory, sensing, display, and wireless communication, all at a low cost unmatched by any other electronic technology. Thinfilm's roadmap integrates technology from a strong and growing ecosystem of partners to enable the Internet of Everything by bringing intelligence to disposable goods.

Thin Film Electronics ASA ("Thinfilm") is a publicly listed Norwegian company with headquarters in Oslo, Norway; product development and production in Linköping, Sweden; product development, production, and business development in San Jose, California, USA; and sales offices in the United States, Hong Kong, and Singapore.

Source: Thin Film Electronics

About Barbadillo

Founded in 1821 in Sanlucar de Barrameda, in southern Spain, Bodegas Barbadillo remains 100% family owned by the Barbadillo family with its original cellars and 500 ha of Jerez Superior vineyards.

Barbadillo is dedicated to making the highest quality Spanish wines and is especially renowned for its white wine 'Barbadillo', and its Sherries, especially Manzanilla which is unique to Sanlucar. The company furthermore owns the 'Vega Real' winery in D.O. Ribera del Duero and Bodega Pirineos in D.O.Somontano, with an exciting array of excellent quality wines from each.

Source: Barbadillo

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