The Bump Cap is an innovative closure that consists 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 it’s 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.”
Bump Cap consumer trials were carried out on orange juice. Trials were funded by EIT Food, an arm of the EU, dedicated to accelerating innovation to build a future-fit food system that produces healthy and sustainable food for all. The results achieved helped the Bump Cap be selected as one of the winners of the EIT Food Marketed Innovation Prize. The study results and the award increased the credibility of the Bump Cap, improving its position in the FoodTech500 ranking by Forward Fooding from #93 to #46, an impressive improvement.