Benefits of
Canned Foods

Canned foods are…

Accessible and Affordable

Canned foods provide safe, quality and affordable food that is convenient and readily available.


Cans are environmentally-friendly, and canned food curbs food waste.


Canned foods are a good source of essential nutrients and proteins, such as fish and legumes, and help meet dietary recommendations.

Economic Benefit

The aluminum and steel can industry is an American industry, providing jobs that fuel state and federal economies.

Nutritional Value

Preserving the goodness with canning

Canned fruits and vegetables are picked at the peak of ripeness and canned within hours. This not only delivers long-term food quality and shelf-life, but locks in food nutrients at their peak without the need to add preservatives. Steel cans are a total barrier against light, which deteriorates food from its natural vitality. In fact, many canned products actually contribute more health-promoting nutrients than cooked fresh or frozen foods.


Healthy solutions that make
dollars and sense

A recent study conducted by Michigan State University shows results that clearly outline how canned fruits and vegetables uniquely address health and cost issues by combining canned food nutrition, affordability and convenience.

Major findings, major benefits

When seasonality, availability and shelf-life of canned food is weighed against fresh and frozen, the economic scales are tipped in favor of canned goods.
The cost of canned vegetables can be as low as 50% of the costs of frozen and 20% of the cost of fresh, with virtually no sacrifices in nutritional quality.

How Much Produce Can You Buy For $10?

All fresh
15 cups
*9 one-cup portions of vegetables.
6 one-cup portions of fruit
AND FROZEN 18 cups
**11 one-cup portions of vegetables.
7 one-cup portions of fruit
all canned
24 cups
***14 one-cup portions of vegetables.
10 one-cup portions of fruit