Composite Cans for Snack Foods


In North America, snack foods (also known as “convenience foods”) are a 40-billion-dollar industry and employ more than 55,000 people in over 3,000 businesses. Whereas 20 years ago, the market was essentially driven by less healthy choice foods such as high salt content chips and sugar loaded candies; today growth in this food category is fueled mostly by fortified, organic and high protein ingredients. The year 2016 actually marked a turning point in the snack food industry in North America, where for the first time in history, sales growth of healthy snacks actually outpaced those of indulgent snacks.

But while the snack food grocery category is over 100 years old in North America and now includes everything from pretzels to jelly beans; composite cans as a packaging option are “relatively new” to the market. In fact, it wasn’t until major nut packagers like Planters®, started canning their products in the late ‘30s and that the U.S. Army made wide use of cans to preserve and ship various foods for the troops during the WW2 and the Korean War, that composite cans for snack foods really took off. In the late ‘60s, in order to differentiate themselves from their bagged competitors, Proctor & Gamble produced the first stackable potato chip packaged in a composite can. Using the slogan: “Once you pop, you can’t stop”, Pringles® (now owned by Kellogg’s) was to become one of bestselling chip brand in the word. This product has forever established the composite can as one of the vessels of choice in the marketing driven snack food industry.

Canfab is a leader in this segment and has helped many consumer food manufacturers make the right packaging choice for their product. From a communications standpoint, composite cans make products stand out to the consumer in busy retail environments because they are easy to face, stackable for island displays and printable 360 degrees. For conservation purposes, composite cans are available in a wide variety of inner linings and sealing options that keep the product fresh for an extended shelf life. The various top options also make dispensing different forms of snack foods a breeze.

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