Innovation

Heinz unveils first 100% recycle sauce bottle cap

New caps can be recycled

Heinz has announced that it is introducing innovative and more sustainable caps for its squeezy sauce bottles, made to be 100% recyclable.

The unique new cap – made of an innovative single type of material – has been created after Heinz invested eight years of research and development involving more than 185,000 hours and investing $1.2m to find a suitable replacement cap for the convenient and extremely popular squeezy bottles, which sold one billion units globally in 2020.

Heinz created 45 designs in total on the mission to create the new cap, which were printed in-house using a state-of-the-art 3D printer. After creating the prototypes, Heinz then followed a rigorous testing procedure to make sure the cap met the highest quality standards.

The first Heinz varieties to get the new cap will be the world’s most-loved ketchup, Heinz Tomato Ketchup, and the Heinz BBQ Sauce. The cap will be rolled out globally from 2022, starting in Europe.

The move will mean a potential one billion plastic caps – enough to fill 35 Olympic swimming pools – can be recycled, instead of finding their way into landfill.

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To date, Heinz sauce bottles have used a flexible valve, which had been designed to deliver the ideal portion of sauce per squeeze but was typically challenging to recycle.

The new cap has been designed to provide the same squeeze using a single, rigid and more recyclable material, resulting in the cap – and Heinz Tomato Ketchup bottle – being easily and conveniently recycled alongside other household kerbside recycling.

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