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  • vwestlife
    started a topic Coca-Cola Co.'s frustrating new cap design

    Coca-Cola Co.'s frustrating new cap design

    Anyone else hate the new "low profile" cap design that has appeared on 20 oz. bottles of all Coca-Cola soft drinks (including Dr Pepper and Sprite)? First of all, when you first unscrew it, numerous times it takes the retaining ring along with it... and even worse, to borrow a term from the British... it's bloody hard to screw back on! It usually takes me several tries to catch the threads right, and eventually I just give up and twist it on with brute force. I never had this problem with the old cap design... ever!

    Comparing it to the old (pre-February 2008) design, they reduced the number of thread rings on the bottle from three to two, which probably saves them a tiny fraction of a cent per bottle in manufacturing costs, along with the smaller cap. But that's not the problem... the old "tall" cap screws onto the new bottle without much difficulty. It's the new "low profile" cap itself, which is very difficult to screw onto both the old and new 20 oz. bottle designs.

  • fusion
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    Pretty much everyone is using these caps now - Cott, Pepsi, Coke, DPSBG. Canada Dry Honickman seems to be the holdout around here, though they do get 16.9oz 6pks from DPSBG-Columbus OH, which uses the short caps.

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  • Android
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    Yeah, those new Pepsi caps I've noticed use kind of a flare type seal, with no padded plastic insert glued up inside the cap like there used to be. Doesn't take much to break the seal on these new ones. Although I've yet to find a flat bottle with them yet.
    -Andy
    Last edited by Android; 11-19-2009, 08:30 PM.

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  • the saint
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    Pepsi caps were crap when the facility we get our product from started using them. The machine that actually put the caps on wasn't calibrated right and it would bent the plastic ring inside the cap. The product would be flat by the time it left the warehouse due to an improper seal. Since the machine was fixed there really isn't any more breakage than what we had before, although as stated before it doesn't take much to knock one of the caps loose.

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  • Android
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    I see Pepsi is getting in the act too, with a smaller cap on the PET bottles. here's a comparison photo I just threw together:
    -Andy

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  • fusion
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    Surprisingly, I haven't seen an increase in damaged product or misapplied caps. Even the ornament bottles this year have the small caps, and 2 liters in some areas use them as well now.

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  • rackitup
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    I personally liked the look of the 'low profile" cap on the small (20 oz.) bottle.

    I predict a lot of damaged product with the new cap on 2 Ltr. though, it does not seem like it would take much pressure to pop it off if jarred or dropped.
    Last edited by rackitup; 11-20-2009, 06:32 PM.

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  • fusion
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    Some areas are using these caps on 2 liters now as well. We received a shipment of Coke Zero 2 liters from Nashville TN (CCBCC), and they had the short caps on them.

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  • Fihlo
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    Hi!

    I am writing from europe and looking for the real dimension of the cap as soon as possible!! Pleaseeeee
    I am developing a CSR project and I should now expecially:

    the height's dimension
    the diameter 's dimension
    the exact number of millings on the cap

    Please reply to:
    sustainability.communications@gmail.com

    Please be so kind enough to help me!!
    thanks in advance
    Fihlo

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  • Soda-MN-Good
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    Soda isn't meant to be recapped. You take the cap off, then you drink it. End of story.

    I don't have that option anyway, with as many sodas as I have and all being in glass. I have two options, pry off the top and have it never fit another bottle again, or try and rethread a cap back on a glass bottle, and you think the new plastic caps are hard..ha

    Nothing hits the spot like soda in a glass bottle taken right out of the ice. With most being 8-12 ounces, there's no need to recap, it's usually gone in two gulps.

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  • rforsyth1
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    Forget the problems putting them back on, here is the REAL problem...

    I bought 2 cases 2 weeks ago and have had 1/2 of them leak WITHOUT so much as opening them.
    One in my brief case destroying TONS of work and a MESS of my Case, another in my daughters Luggage, many others just in the cabinet while in storage (hours of work cleaning up that mess). If they are NOT straight up, there is a 50% failure rate of leaking all over where ever it is.
    I had my bottles on there side (like I store my 2 liter bottles) and when I went get a few I saw 1/2 were missing 50% of the contents. I wanted to ask the kids what happened to them, but upon looking closer I saw under the shelf (rack type) everything under was covered in it, NONE were opened, banged or disturbed.
    This is a case of fixing what isn???„?t broke AGAIN, to save less than a penny in costs. They are thinner and less reliable. I designed plastic molds for 8 years and KNOW this was for a cost cutting measure here. NOT to make it easier to open, please that???„?s a joke of an excuse. It saved as I said less than a penny and I guess when you sell over 10 million a year it adds up. But at who's expense now? There is no way on earth am I buying another one of those and I would like to call the consumer relations about this. (Cant find the number anywhere, help would be appreciated if anyone knows it). I have a few hundred dollars of damage now b/c these cheap bastards didn???„?t do proper testing.


    Originally posted by vwestlife View Post
    Anyone else hate the new "low profile" cap design that has appeared on 20 oz. bottles of all Coca-Cola soft drinks (including Dr Pepper and Sprite)? First of all, when you first unscrew it, numerous times it takes the retaining ring along with it... and even worse, to borrow a term from the British... it's bloody hard to screw back on! It usually takes me several tries to catch the threads right, and eventually I just give up and twist it on with brute force. I never had this problem with the old cap design... ever!

    Comparing it to the old (pre-February 2008) design, they reduced the number of thread rings on the bottle from three to two, which probably saves them a tiny fraction of a cent per bottle in manufacturing costs, along with the smaller cap. But that's not the problem... the old "tall" cap screws onto the new bottle without much difficulty. It's the new "low profile" cap itself, which is very difficult to screw onto both the old and new 20 oz. bottle designs.

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  • rackitup
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    Originally posted by greg View Post
    WOW! If someone makes their CSD buying decision based on a cap perhaps I have been overthinking this whole thing! LOL
    Ha, ha, ha, you're a Funny Guy Greg

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  • rackitup
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    I am a Pepsi drinker, BUT, I have to say I like the retro look of Coke's "short cap"

    I have opened a few of them and resealed them fine,

    From a packaging standpoint I prefer the retro Coke look, very nice.

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  • joshal1980
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    New Coca-Cola Cap Design

    The main reason for the new caps is to save money on plastic and it also takes fewer turns to take off the cap. Coca-Cola is looking for ways to save money just like every other company in the United States. I am sure this is not the end of package changes and there will be many more to come in the future.

    Josh

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  • BluejacketT
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    Originally posted by beverage expert View Post
    If you don't like the cap then why do you buy Coke? For the taste?? I don't think so! Start buying Pepsi, they have a better cap!
    I wouldn't buy based on whether I like the cap or not. I would go for taste, not the cap.

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