Did you know that there are over 180 billion aluminum beverage cans produced globally each year? Aluminum cans were originally developed for frozen juice in 1960, but in 1963 the first 12-ounce beverage can was distributed. A few years later in 1967, Coca-Cola and Pepsi transitioned from glass to cans made out of thin aluminum sheets—and everything changed.

Why Aluminum Cans?

There are many reasons why this is the metal most preferred for beverage containers. Unlike glass, it does not break. It is lightweight yet durable, and you can ship more cans per box. It is the easiest beverage container to open and does not require a bottle opener.

Easy To Recycle

Once used, it is 100% recyclable and easy to recycle. It can be crushed so that it doesn’t take up too much room in your recycling container. Not only that, but a recycled can requires 95% less energy to repurpose than creating from alloy. It can also be repurposed for any type of aluminum product after being recycled.

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Decorative Benefits

Beverage cans are sometimes made out of colored aluminum, but most companies brand their cans with decorative printing. This allows far more versatility than steel or glass containers that can only have limited glass designs or paper labels.


Plastic began to infringe upon the aluminum can industry, but this didn’t last long. Although plastic bottles are recyclable and resalable, concerns about BPA has cause many to abandon plastics altogether. The resalable problem has been solved by a Japanese company that found a way to produce a resalable bottle can—it looks just like a classic soda bottle, but is made from lightweight aluminum.

Fresh Factor

The shelf life of this beverage container is 9 months longer than glass, when stored at room temperature, and a full 2 years if refrigerated. Cans also do not alter the flavor profile of the beverage inside.

Beverage cans are one of the many food containers made from this versatile metal. Order the supplies you need now, and create your own aluminum innovations!

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