Reprinted Articles – History of Aluminum Foil Containers

Formed aluminum foil containers were first produced in the late 1940’s for the packaging of bakery products.

During the 1950’s there were many innovations and many new uses for formed containers. Thus, the industry prospered.

By 1960, nearly 50 million pounds of aluminum were being used to produce formed aluminum containers.

In the decade from 1960 to 1970, usage grew to 140 million pounds and by 2002 over 250 million pounds of aluminum were used to manufacture over 7 billion containers in North America. World wide numbers total over 12 billion containers and over 400 million pounds!

The growth of the aluminum foil container is due to its many advantages. The natural qualities of aluminum, its impermeability and barrier properties, provide real benefits for consumers. There simply is not a more versatile material.

Aluminum foil containers are formed by combining mechanical and air pressure to force light gauge aluminum foil into a shaped die cavity. Esthetically appealing aluminum foil containers are ideal for table-ready service after the container has functioned first as a package and a heating utensil. Foil containers also come in a variety of colors and special purpose coatings.

Aluminum foil containers are used to prepare, freeze, store, transport, cook and serve a variety of foods. Containers made from aluminum foil are the only containers that can be used in all types of ovens: microwave, conventional, convection and broiler. Moreover, its recyclability makes aluminum one of the most environment friendly materials on earth, a key advantage for planet conscious consumers and local governments. Additionally, recycled aluminum saves more than 95% of the energy necessary to produce new primary aluminum.

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