Industry. Innovation. Influence.

The Can Manufacturers Institute (CMI) is the national trade association of the metal can manufacturing industry and its suppliers in the United States. The can industry accounts for the annual domestic production of approximately 119 billion food, beverage and general line cans; which employs more than 28,000 people with plants in 33 states, Puerto Rico and American Samoa; and generates about $17.8 billion in direct economic activity. CMI members are committed to providing safe, nutritious and refreshing canned food and beverages to consumers.

CMI is committed to fostering the prosperity of the industry and bringing value to its members in a cost effective way. We do this by promoting the can and communicating its many benefits to our customers, consumers, the media and trade analysts.

CMI assumes many roles to meet the industry's needs. On both the national and state level, CMI actively participates in the exchange of ideas influencing legislative, regulatory and administrative policies of interest to can makers. CMI has also conducted and sponsored several innovative studies that led to promotional campaigns seeking larger market share for the can. CMI provides a statistical service by publishing monthly and annual shipment reports by product and marketing category and serves as the industry's technical forum.

CMI Mission Statement

The Can Manufacturers Institute will serve as the voice of the metal can making industry, providing a forum for members to advocate common industry positions to legislative and regulatory agencies whose activities impact the metal can market, to address issues of common concern, and to promote cost-effectively the benefits of the can to protect and grow the market. 


CMI Goals

·        Promote the Can:  Focus on opportunities for growth

o   Increase share of total beverage and food packaging through promotion of

§  Market advantage (innovation, functionality, supply chain value, utility)

§  Sustainability (most and best recyclable material)

·        Protect the Can

o   Defend existing markets and effectively oppose legislative and regulatory efforts that result in limiting the market or reduction in manufacturers’ ability to produce cans. 

·        Serve the Members

o   Provide communication to membership on issues.  Train member company personnel on issues, activities and messages so they become advocates for industry.

o   Support and/or drive member business planning, communications and legislative activities through market data and analysis