Canned Food sales surged by 72.6 per cent in March 2020 a rise worth £137.1 million (Grocer/Kantar 2020).
As Brits faced lockdown in 2020 as a result of Covid-19 pandemic, many began stocking up on products that haven’t seen such high demand since they were the subject of rationing during and after WWII.
The greatest uplifts were enjoyed by soup, cold and hot meats – meat products that can be eaten as a meal such as curry.
In fact, hot meats became the fifth best-selling canned food in March 2020 up from seventh place a year ago and canned soup became the second bestseller actually overtaking baked beans.
99.4% of UK households buy from the canned food category each year (Source: Kantar).
The average household buys 600 steel cans a year.
A recent survey (2017) of 2000 consumers conducted by MPMA in the UK showed that sixty per cent of families claim they can’t live without baked beans; fifty per cent feel the same way about tinned tomatoes and 38 per cent about tinned tuna or salmon. A quarter also say they’re unable to live without tinned soup.
Steel: 71% (Source Defra)
Aluminium: 82% of beverage cans, 56% of all aluminium packaging (Source: Alupro)
Steel Packaging: 85.5% (Source APEAL)
Aluminium beverage cans 75.8% (Source EAA )
It is estimated that 80% of all metal ever produced is still in circulation today.