Aptar Food + Beverage, a global manufacturer of dispensing solutions, has announced ROCKET, its next-generation sport cap.

The new cap offers visual consumer safety through a yellow-coloured band that appears when the bottle has been opened. Aptar says that this solution gives the product a visual and intuitive non-detachable tamper evidence indicator.

“Aptar is dedicated to creating solutions based directly on consumer feedback,” commented Augustin De Tilly, global business development director, beverage. “ROCKET was born from consumer insights to offer visual safety that provides reassurance, in addition to an improved drinking experience that brings the comfort and convenience consumers value.”

In addition to its visible safety features, ROCKET seeks to provide further safety to consumers with its “no-dust”, double-wall lid design that protects the spout from external contaminants, in addition to being designed to adhere to child safety standards (BSDA & EN 71*).

According to the company, a large finger recess and an audible closing “click” sound make opening and closing ROCKET easy and reassuring for consumers.

De Tilly says that the design and functionality of ROCKET enhance what consumers and brands expect from a sport cap. For example, while most caps open at a 110-degree angle, ROCKET’s hinge technology offers a 180-degree angle, ensuring the elimination of a lid spring-back effect.

“Our goal was to develop a cap that met consumer expectations in terms of safety and comfort of drinking, while also addressing the increasing demand for sustainable packaging,” De Tilly adds. “Consumer and brand product standards are always evolving, and ROCKET was created to stay at the forefront of these changes.”

In terms of sustainability, the tamper-evident band is tethered to the bottle with a Stay-With system, which keeps the closure attached to the bottle through its lifecycle, and therefore reportedly increases the likelihood of the closure being collected and sent through the recycling stream with the container. Aptar says that ROCKET complies with upcoming regulations, including the Single-Use Plastic (SUP) directive proposal in Europe.