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The metal food can – more than 200 years old -- remains one of the most economical, environmentally friendly and, above all, safest packaging forms. New breakthroughs in metal packaging design have opened an exciting and fresh chapter in the life of the metal can, guaranteeing its place in the consumer market and pantry.
Grocery shoppers today can select from an array of easy-to-use and convenient metal packages, including:
· Containers with twist-top, resealable lids
· Easy-open cans with pull-tab lids made with steel, aluminum or plastic
· Distinct, easy-to-grasp metal cans shaped like bowls, kettles and even squares.
Food cans provide a way for consumers to maintain environmentally conscious behavior. Metal food cans are 100 percent recyclable. They’re recycling rate is more than two-and-a-half times higher than that of most other packaging options. Steel food containers can be recycled again and again without losing strength or quality. And every ton of recycled steel saves 2,500 pounds of iron ore, 1,000 pounds of coal and 40 pounds of limestone.
The canning process delivers long-term food quality and product shelf life. Canned fruits and vegetables are picked and packed at the peak of ripeness, and since most canneries are located just a few miles from the field, food freshness is guaranteed. Once the cans are sealed and heat processed, the food maintains its high quality for more than two years.
The metal food can enjoys an unparalleled safety record. Tamper-resistant and tamper-evident packaging give consumers the satisfaction of knowing that their food is packaged safely and securely.