Coca-Cola bottle cap "falls off"? The 2024 serial cover exam is coming, these creative designs are worth paying attention to
It is understood that the brands that use the serial cap include Coca-Cola Original, Coca-Cola Zero Sugar, Diet Coke, Fanta, Sprite, Dr. Pepper and Litt. The new packaging design means that the caps of these beverages remain attached to the bottle after opening, and the entire cap and body can be recycled together. By 2024, all Coca-Cola beverages sold in the UK will be packaged with chain caps.
Coca-Cola has replaced the serial cap! Coca-Cola will replace its beverage packaging in Scotland, UK, with chain caps starting in May to enhance post-consumer bottles, according to Coca-Cola bottler Coca-Cola Europacific Partners (CCEP). Caps are recycled to avoid caps being discarded at will.
In 2024, Coca-Cola UK will use serial caps
It is understood that the brands using the serial cap include Coca-Cola Original, Coca-Cola Zero Sugar, Diet Coke, Fanta, Sprite, Dr. Pepper and Litt. The new packaging design means that the caps of these beverages remain attached to the bottle after opening, and the entire cap and body can be recycled together. By 2024, all Coca-Cola beverages sold in the UK will be packaged with chain caps.
By partnering with CCEP, Coca-Cola has become the only soft drink company in the UK to announce the adoption of chain caps. "This is a small change that we hope will have a huge impact, ensuring consumers don't throw away any caps when they recycle our bottles," said Stephen Moorhouse, general manager of CCEP UK.
According to reports, CCEP's East Kilbride factory in the UK will become the first factory in the UK to produce plastic chain caps. As early as 2017, the factory has invested 37 million pounds to prepare technology and production lines. .
EU Directive 2019/904 Accelerates Serial Cover Innovation
Although Coca-Cola claims this move is a key step in the group's journey towards carbon neutrality, the fact is that replacing the chain cap packaging is also closely linked to EU regulations. As early as May 2018, the European Union issued EU Directive 2019/904, which specifies the use of single-use plastic packaging , one of which requires that by June 2024, the caps of all plastic bottles must be connected to the bottle body. , before it can be produced and sold in the EU.
Connecting the cap to the bottle may sound like a simple task, but it is a major technical challenge for cap manufacturers, plastic bottle manufacturers and related equipment suppliers. while ensuring consumer convenience and freshness and quality capping machines .
In addition, the serial cap also needs to be suitable for lightweight glands (mainly used for the packaging of non-bubble water such as pure water) and screw caps to meet higher requirements for sealing performance.
It can be said that the EU 2019/904 Directive has accelerated the research and development and innovation of serial caps to a certain extent.
Comply with the new bottleneck standard GME30.40
Baili cover recently launched a 7049 serial cover that meets the new international bottleneck standard GME 30.40. According to reports, the new neck standard GME 30.40 is aimed at packaging applications for carbonated beverages, which requires the neck standard screw cap to be only 26 mm in diameter, reducing the weight of the neck and cap by 1.4 grams to 1.7 grams (specific data according to the actual diameter of the screw cap).
In contrast to other 26mm diameter screw cap neck standards, GME 30.40 compliant screw caps allow safe use of bottles with volumes up to 3 liters in all climates.
Baileys' 7049 continuous cap is tamper-proof, and the cap can be opened and locked to 180°, allowing consumers to drink freely and without obstruction, improving the experience of PET bottles.
The bottle can be opened with one hand, and the dosage can be precisely controlled
Apta has launched Maestro, a chain cap for edible oil packaging. Made entirely of PP/PE recyclable material, the cap features a wide finger groove that allows consumers to easily open the bottle with one hand. The raised nozzle inside the cap has been carefully designed to give consumers two options for controlling the flow of liquids and precise dosage control.
Apta says the Maestro's top cap fits snugly against the raised nozzle to prevent product leaks. The design is ISTA-6 certified* to withstand the rigors of e-commerce supply chains.
Unified Industry Solutions Expected to Accelerate Supply Chain Convergence
"The serial caps play a key role in changing the public's habit of littering and using single-use plastic products. But it is a big challenge for the entire bottle cap industry, especially in terms of the cost of bottle caps and the current There is the integration aspect of the production process.” Benoit Henckes, CEO of UNITED CAPS, said in a previous interview with the media.
He said United Caps is leading the formation of the Alliance for Closure Tethering, which will bring together companies in the packaging industry to evaluate existing bottleneck solutions and identify changes to the surface of the bottleneck that may be required. "We want to be integrated into the supply chain with a unified solution rather than a separate solution."
Union caps have been produced using LyondellBasell's Purell GC 7260G grades and Hostalen 5231H grade resins. Among them, the Purell GC 7260G grade is especially suitable for the application of pure water bottle caps and has good sensory properties; Hostalen 5231H is an innovative grade for lightweight bottle caps, which uses LyondellBasell's proprietary catalyst technology, Has very high stress crack resistance.