A team of designers based in New York and Taipei has developed a new reusable glass travel bottle designed to preserve the freshness of smoothies and juices for longer.
The Sans bottle draws on innovative vacuum pump technology, allowing consumers to keep their drinks perfectly sealed – even on the go – to avoid the rapid oxidation that causes drinks to lose their freshness quickly. The concept follows similar principles to wine preservers, which prolong the freshness of red wine.
It took a team of nutritionists, designers and engineers over a year to design and test the gadget, which works by pumping all of the air out of the container before use. After pouring in a drink of their choice, the user can attach the lid and twist to unlock, which simultaneously releases the pump. Using the palm of their hand, they pump the preserver cap up and down to remove the air. The pump will become more difficult to pump once the bottle has achieved preservation, and all of the air has been removed. When this process is complete, the user pushes the pump down and twists 90° to lock, with the contents now preserved and sealed for optimal freshness.
The innovation consists of a 16oz reusable bottle made of glass, wrapped in a silicone sleeve for insulation and featuring an easy grip, leak-proof pump mechanism lid and user-friendly pumping system. The bottle can hold up to 16oz of liquid with a wide opening for easy pouring, and fits into most standard-sized cup holders.
Sans has launched a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter and, with 37 days left to go at the time of writing, had already secured its funding goal of $20,000. It wants to use the money to expand distribution across the world, helping to cover the bottle’s tooling, production and shipping costs.
When attached to the top, the lid opens out to allow the user to pump air from the bottle.
Sans bottle creator Tracy Miller said: “I used to work with one of the leading wine accessory companies where vacuum seal products were very popular, and as an avid smoothie and juice lover, I always felt like it was a race against time to finish my beverage before it went bad. I learned that like wine, when blended fruits and vegetables mix with the air, they rapidly oxidise and lose their nutrients and go bad. I looked to the market for a solution and there really wasn’t a product targeting the problem of rapid oxidation in juices and smoothies – until now.”
Its launch continues an emerging line in consumer products designed to enhance the freshness and performance of food and drink. Earlier this week, FoodBev reported on the new technology from an Israeli start-up that uses novel powder sachets to preserve the freshness of fruit and vegetables.
And last week, Jess Gay spoke to James Kornacki from Üllo about the development of the world’s first purifier for filtering the sulfites from wine.
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