Visitors at the recent interpack 2023, one of the world’s largest show for processing and packaging, got the opportunity to see a wide range of caps and closured offered by major manufacturers like BERICAP and UNITED CAPS.
BERICAP impressive stand showcased caps/closures in distinct districts or sections
Visitors went on a journey with BERICAP, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of closures, as it showcased its wide range of caps and closures across different districts of Captown in which it categorised them in 3 different areas namely the Industrial District, Beverage Hills and Foodville, the names implying the product categories that it represents.
In the Industrial District, BERICAP presented 2 closed transfer systems for agricultural application. CTS are liquid crop protection dispensing systems that operate in a closed loop to protect users and the environment from direct or indirect exposure to their contents.
In the Beverage Hills district, BERICAP showcased its wide range of tethered caps. They will soon be mandatory in Europe for single-use plastic beverage bottles with a capacity of up to 3 litres from mid-2024 onwards. BERICAP’s ClipAside tethered caps guarantee a smooth transition to environmental protection and many of BERICAP’s customers in Europe have already successfully switched over to the new ClipAside closures. They are available on a mass production basis for all relevant neck finishes. One of the key advantages of the ClipAside closure is that brand owners and fillers can continue working with conventional (drop TE band) closures at the same time, which maximizes their flexibility. A consumer survey conducted by BERICAP has revealed that users appreciate the ClipAside’s approximately 180-degree opening and intuitive handling. BERICAP offers tethered cap solutions for the categories of carbonated soft drinks (CSD), water, juice and tea drinks, as well as milk products – both for PET bottles and cartons.
BERICAP’s sport caps maximise mobility and flexibility in ‘Beverage Hills’. New closures in the range include ‘Mayence’ and ‘Biarritz’, as well as the premium closure ‘Monet’ for dry and wet aseptic filling processes. A tamper evidence ring that is clearly visible in tiny windows after opening offers consumers an important safety feature. The new BERICAP sports closures have a mono material design to optimize their recyclability. They can be opened with one hand up to an angle of 180 degrees for unlimited on-the-go beverage consumption.
Meanwhile, at the Foodville district, BERICAP showcased its latest HC SK 31/19 closure system for ketchup, mayonnaise and honey. This especially lightweight closure has a large opening angle of up to 180 degrees and guarantees precise, non-drip dispensing thanks to a wide range of opening geometry options. Like BERICAP’s other products the HC SK 31/19 is available in a ‘made for recycling’ version with a silicone-free valve made of thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) so that the recycling process is not contaminated with silicone.
There are also new closures for edible oil in PET bottles. The completely reworked product range sets new benchmarks by combining user convenience with sustainability. The new edible oil closures are easy to open with one hand, making them suitable for people of all ages, and they also incorporate the new tamper evidence components that remain on the closure after opening so that they can be recycled with the bottle. A mono material design makes recycling even more convenient and the attractive closures can easily be combined with various bottle designs to improve product visibility on the retail shelf.
UNITED CAPS presented its Bump Cap to cut food waste at interpack
UNITED CAPS highlighted its award-winning Bump Cap which it claimed able to help reduce food waste.
The Bump Cap is an innovative closure that comprises of the following elements: a base cap, an over cap and a bump tray, all manufactured by UNITED CAPS; an activator and gel from Mimica; and a smooth top foil label that starts to feel bumpy when the contained drink is no longer good to consume. The Bump Cap arrives at the filling line in two parts: The base cap, which has been tested by key filling line manufacturers, requiring only minimal changes to filling lines, and the over cap, which by then has the bump tray, gel & activator inside, and is applied after the filling process by a dedicated machine, integrated into the production flow like other modules such as labelling or film wrapping. The top cap, where the bumps will be felt, is dormant until it is automatically activated by consumers when the cap is twisted open for the first time. When the cap feels smooth, it is an indicator that the drink is still fresh; when it starts to feel bumpy, consumers will easily recognise that it is time to stop drinking.
“We have seen a strong and positive reaction to the Bump Cap across the market,” said CEO Benoit Henckes. “It has game-changing potential to substantially reduce food waste around the globe as well as to ensure greater food safety. It also aligns with UNITED CAPS’ focus on sustainable solutions for caps and closures.”
A survey was conducted on 33 households with 84% believing that the expiry dates for the orange juice (product) are short, resulting in unnecessary food waste. The Bump Cap gave assurance to the respondents with 97% able to consume the orange juice for a longer period than the suggested expiry date. The average additional days the participants were able to enjoy the juice was 3 days. This not only reduce food waste but also help them to save money. Henckes added, “Food waste is a huge problem worldwide, and we have a solution that can help mitigate it. We are looking forward to working with our customers to make the Bump Cap more widely available.”
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