Food Cans

No other American company is linked as fondly to food canning as Ball Corporation. With more than a century of experience in the food industry, we set the standard for freshness and preservation in metal food packaging. 

Food cans provide protection, long shelf life, freshness, convenient and sustainable.


Food production and growing agricultural products that go into beverages requires significant resources, energy, water, time and money. If these products do not survive the journey from farm to table, all of those resources are wasted. Worldwide, an estimated 1.3 billion metric tons of food is wasted each year.

Food supply makes up about 10 percent of the total energy use, 50 percent of land use and 80 percent of all freshwater consumed in the U.S. Forty percent of that food, worth $165 billion each year, is never eaten. Most uneaten food is landfilled, representing the single largest component of municipal solid waste and approximately 25 percent of U.S. methane emissions (a more potent greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide).

Packaging also significantly increases a product’s shelf life, which helps reduce food waste, a significant environmental and economic problem. For example, an estimated 42 percent of fresh peaches are lost at the consumer stage in the U.S., primarily due to spoilage. For canned peaches, only 9 percent of the product spoils, saving significant resources while providing the same nutritional value.


Our steel food cans have become 33 percent lighter in the past 25 years and we have worked with suppliers to reduce the weight of our beverage cans as well. For example, 12-ounce aluminum beverage cans in the U.S. are 40 percent lighter today than in the 1970s.

During the last five years, we saved more than 210 metric tons of steel annually or the equivalent to the steel used in 250 cars, by reducing the weight of an end used with millions of our two-piece food cans in North America by 15 percent.