8 Facts about Food and Beverage Cans
Cans have been an indispensable part of the food industry for decades for many reasons. Not only do they provide protection and preservation, but they are also highly recyclable and efficient in production and storage. What is behind this seemingly simple packaging?
90 percent SMEsIn Europe there are about 760 manufacturers of rigid metal packaging, which includes food and beverage cans. 90 percent of them are small and medium-sized enterprises. The industry provides jobs for 66,000 people. In addition, there are 111,000 indirect jobs. Germany accounts for 14.4 per cent, the UK 14.8 per cent, Italy 17 per cent and Spain 10.5 per cent of the European market. Can manufacturers have a 15 per cent share of the total European packaging market.
60,000 cans per hourFood cans can be filled at a rate of up to 60,000 cans per hour In the case of beverage cans, modern lines can reach an output of over 130,000 cans per hour. The inherent strength and magnetic properties of the metal enable fast and efficient filling with high precision. The high production speed is further underlined by the speed of the filling process. A prime example is the journey of the peas: from harvesting to securely sealing the can takes just three hours.
Up to 80 percent used beforeMade of steel or aluminium, cans consist of durable materials that can be fully recycled again and again without any loss of quality. Steel does particularly well: every year, more steel is recycled than paper, plastic, aluminium and glass combined. In Europe, the recycling rate for steel packaging is 85.5 per cent and for aluminium beverage cans 73 per cent. If metal is recycled, energy and raw materials can be saved. In addition, recycling is also financially advantageous.
46 percent lighter
A remarkable progress achieved in the last decades is the reduction of the weight of aluminium cans. Since the 1970s, a weight reduction of 38 percent has been achieved. In the case of steel cans, the weight could even be reduced by 46 percent during this period. This means that less material is needed for production, which in turn leads to less waste and a smaller carbon footprint. Today, a 500 ml aluminium can weighs about 16 grams, while a steel can weighs about 30 grams.