The European wine industry is about to embark on a new chapter, marked by increased transparency and consumer empowerment. Regulation (EU) 2021/2117, effective December 8th, 2023, mandates labeling changes that go beyond the traditional grape varietal and vintage. All wines sold in the EU must now disclose their ingredients and full nutritional information, either directly on the label or via QR code.
Gone are the days of cryptic wine labels shrouded in ambiguity. The EU’s Regulation (EU) 2021/2117, effective December 2023, ushers in a new era of transparency for European wine consumers. This regulation mandates the inclusion of detailed information on every bottle, empowering you to make informed choices such as:
- Ingredient Inventory: The label now must reveal the complete cast of characters within your glass. From the star varietal grapes to any supporting cast of additives or processing aids, every component is laid bare. This newfound clarity fosters trust and allows consumers to make informed decisions based on their preferences and dietary needs.
- Nutritional Breakdown: Calories and sugar content take center stage, demystifying the nutritional landscape of your chosen wine. This information empowers consumers to make informed choices that align with their lifestyles.
- Current Infomation: As with wine labels now, alcohol level, origin, and producer – remain present, providing the essential context for the tasting experience. This familiar structure ensures a smooth transition for seasoned wine enthusiasts while offering a clear roadmap for new more in-depth information.
A QR Code to Deeper Knowledge:
For those seeking a deeper dive, some details may be tucked away in a scannable QR code, acting as a portal to exclusive information. With a simple tap on your smartphone, you can unlock additional nutritional values, and allergen listings, or even delve into the specific vineyard and production methods used to craft your wine. This QR code acts as a bridge between the traditional label and the digital realm, offering a personalized and interactive experience for the modern wine enthusiast.
This shift towards transparency reflects the growing consumer demand for informed choices. It also presents the wine industry with an opportunity to build trust and differentiate itself through the clear communication of product composition and nutritional properties. However, navigating this new regulatory landscape can be challenging for producers, particularly regarding the accurate and consistent printing of scannable QR codes.
Here at Lake Image Systems, we understand these challenges and are equipped to empower winemakers and label printers with comprehensive solutions for inspection and validation:
Lake Image Systems: Your Partner in Compliance:
Lake Image Systems empowers wineries to navigate the new regulations with confidence by providing comprehensive inspection and validation solutions. Our cutting-edge technology offers:
- High-resolution camera Inspection systems: Our advanced cameras meticulously verify QR code accuracy and readability, ensuring seamless scanning and data access for consumers.
- Data validation software: Eliminate manual data entry and human error with our automated inspection software, which verifies QRcode and 1D & 2D barcode content against master databases, guaranteeing regulatory compliance. We also offer barcode grading solutions
- Label Quality Inspection: Automatically detect print quality defects such as misregistration, die-cut variations, smudges, hickeys, hazing, streaks, creases, wrinkles, and colour variations.
- Real-time equipment control and reporting: Immediate alerts or equipment stops on potential printing errors, minimizing waste and costly reprints through proactive intervention.
- Flexible solutions for diverse needs: From small-batch artisanal wineries to large-scale producers, we offer tailored solutions to address the unique packaging requirements of every operation.
Lake Image Systems: Your Partner for Regulatory Confidence and Consumer Trust
In the face of complex EU regulations governing the alcohol sector, printers need a reliable partner to ensure compliance with nutrition and ingredient labeling standards. Lake Image Systems’ reputation for innovation and precision, offers tailored inspection solutions for ensuring accurate printing and scannability of QR codes, barcodes, and other identifiers. By choosing Lake Image Systems, printers can navigate the regulatory landscape with confidence, ensuring that their products meet the highest standards of compliance in the EU alcohol sector.
Ready to embrace the future of wine labeling? Contact Lake Image Systems today for a free consultation. Let’s raise a glass to informed choices, consumer trust, and a regulatory landscape navigated with confidence.