Avery Dennison has announced the release of its new Neck Label Collection, designed for the drinks industry as it tackles the common problem of “neck label detachment.” The range is available now across the wine, spirits, and beer industries in Europe and is specifically aimed at premium products that are often chilled in ice buckets such as champagne, prosecco, spumante, and cava. 

The issue of neck label detachment — when a label around a curved surface such as a neck bottle wrinkles, cups, or falls off entirely — is one the industry has been trying to solve for decades. There are many factors that can lead to neck-label detachment, which Avery Dennison has addressed through its new collection. For instance, the way paper is manufactured can cause something called "memory effect," which is when paper labels that are applied to curved surfaces, like bottle necks, tend to return to their original flat shape, increasing the risk of detachment. Inappropriate or insufficient adhesives can be another cause, which is why label designers and manufacturers must select a high-performing adhesive suited to neck label applications. So commonplace are these issues that some brands have chosen to forgo the neck label altogether in favor of neck-label-less bottle designs. 

The cutting-edge collection is the result of two years of product development, comprising extensive trials with some of the most prestigious champagne brands. The innovation lies in Avery Dennison’s high-performing adhesives that allow the same paper grammage to be used for both the front label and neck label. This provides premium brands with the consistent and elegant aesthetic they are looking for alongside the reassurance of label attachment — even when the product comes into contact with water, ice, and the condensation caused by the temperature fluctuation in and out of the fridge.

Vladimir Tyulpin, Avery Dennison's Premium Solutions segment leader, explained, “Every once in a while you come across a truly game-changing innovation for the label and packaging industry – and this is it. The world of premium drinks, particularly sparkling wines, is one where every detail matters. Having a neck label that can showcase your brand ensures greater consumer appeal and product stand out on shelf, making it impossible to substitute your brand with any other. We have spent several years testing and advancing this collection and our team of experts is looking forward to helping brands to elevate their packaging appeal.”

The Avery Dennison Neck Label Collection includes more than 20 different varieties giving brand owners and designers a choice of the perfect material for their packaging needs. The collection includes materials that are made from 100% recycled pulp and some feature an AD rPET liner, which can be recycled and reused via the AD Circular program. 

Avery Dennison has also announced the extension of its AD Procerta™ services across the wine and spirits industry. The AD Procerta service provides organizations with assurance that materials will perform under the toughest of conditions by subjecting labels to more exhaustive testing than those set by FINAT, the European Association for the self-adhesive label industry. AD Procerta utilizes various testing methods to ensure that label materials for the drinks industry meet challenging requirements. For instance, its "ice bucket" test evaluates the label's ability to remain intact and flawless after immersion in ice—a critical factor for champagne packaging. In addition, observation of the potential color change of the paper takes place after specified intervals, ensuring that the label remains legible and aesthetically pleasing throughout the product's life. 

Learn more about the Neck Label Collection at www.my-muse.com. For additional information about AD Procerta, visit www.adprocerta.com. Learn more about Avery Dennison at www.averydennison.com