Industry. Innovation. Influence.

The Can Manufacturers Institute (CMI) is the national trade association of the metal and composite 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 other metal 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

  • To provide the industry with effective representation in Congressional and Administrative policymaking on those issues with specific impact on and/or importance to the overall success of the can making industry.
  • To promote the metal can as the premier package for beverages and foods with exceptionally low cost, high functionality and sustainability, particularly with regard to the value of recycling.
  • To collect and disseminate industry statistics to provide an accurate assessment of the industry's production and to collect and analyze consumer market information to promote the growth and economic welfare of CMI's members.
  • To serve, on an as-needed basis, as a facilitation resource for the discussion and resolution of joint industry technical, operational or regulatory challenges.