Sonoco's Paper Container: The Total Package

When it comes to choosing the right package, certain elements must come together: functionality, shelf appeal, and product protection. The paper container has all of those, delivering an easy-to-stack, easy-to-store rigid format that protects the products inside--from oats to frozen juice to baby formula--while giving a natural kraft, premium metallic, or colorful and interactive display on shelf. And at Sonoco, we can deliver the whole solution, from the metal ends and membranes, to the can body, to the graphic development for the label.

Numerous Applications. Multiple Names.

• Paper Container

• Paper Canister

Connecting Insights to Innovation

Paper containers are proven attention-getters on the shelf, and the safe-to-open, easy-to-close lid inspires subsequent purchases in a majority of consumers.

  • Premium Packaging

    Premium Packaging

    With increasing attention to the quality of ingredients, the origins of our food, and the availability of specialty products from around the world, premium packaging has grown in relevance on shelf. From packaging confectionary gift boxes, to protecting the highest quality wine and spirits, the rigid paper container uses foil and matte finishes as well as gold-coated, embossed and engraved ends to deliver a premium presentation.

    Granola Bites paper container with lid
  • Convenient Volume Changes

    Convenient Volume Changes

    From small 'on-the-go' cans that fit in a cupholder or handbag, to seasonal increased volume promotions, it's easy to change heights and diameters with the round rigid paper container--and virtually free.

    Paper container with steel bottom and portioned speculoos cookie butter dip package peaking out
  • Environmentally Responsible

    Environmentally Responsible

    We're proud of how environmentally responsible our paper container is.

    • Its body is made of 100% recycled fiber.
    • It helps reduce food waste by protecting its content efficiently.
    • It weighs less than a comparable metal can.

    We can help you meet your sustainability goals, too! Our EnviroCan™ container body is made of 100% recycled fiber, of which 90% comes from post-consumer resources.

    Cracker paper can sitting on a desk next to a paper can being reused for pencils
  • Ultimate Product Protection

    Ultimate Product Protection

    With the rise of e-commerce and the increasing distances packaging must travel to land on consumers' doorsteps, our job is to ensure that the product you place in our cans makes it safely to its destination, whether that be a store shelf or a doormat.

    We've used Amazon's recognized e-commerce testing and ship test data to prove that our paperboard body withstands denting better than the metal can and shows equal resistance to damage in your online box order.

    And we'll customize your can construction to make sure the barrier is exactly what you need--no less, no more--to keep the quality of your product intact without incurring any unnecessary expenses.

    Paper container of milk chocolates with a bright blue paper label and white plastic lid

Consumer Insights


“It is easy to open, stacks well in cupboards, and keeps food fresh. Also, if I drop the package, it stays closed.”


“When transporting food items from the market, I can trust that the food won't be damaged. It is resealable so I don't have to worry about repackaging after opening. I believe it stays fresh longer.”


“For snack items, I think it's convenient and a reliable form of packaging.”


“I would choose this type of packaging, because I love that it is in a container that reseals the food for me, so I don't have to find another container or bag for the food inside. Really convenient.”

    A powdered infant formula container split out so you can see the base and multiple security rings and seals that go at the top

    Success Stories

    • Paper can of dark chocolate mix with a black paper label and white lid

      Gialousis Gourmet Hot Chocolate Mix

      Rebranding a Gourmet B2C.
      Read the Case Study
    • Two paper containers of Tribe brand hummus and pita chips with clear lids

      Tribe Hummus

      Designing an on-the-go solution for Tribe Hummus.
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    • All paper cans of Pooch & Mutt products

      Pooch & Mutt

      Meeting the supply chain and manufacturing needs of a premium British dog health brand.
      Read the Case Study
    • Shmoo beverage container

      Schmoo Beverages

      Presenting a more vibrant, eyecatching product for a confectionary brand.
      Read the Case Study
    • 3 paper cans of salt with the lids removed to show the top metal shakers

      Flexible Shaker Tops

      Elevating branding opportunities for companies while adding convenience and innovation for low-barrier products.
      Read the Case Study
    • Blue paper container with colorful four section security label printed and showing through the clear lid

      Printed / Registered Membrane

      Capture consumers’ attention and boost sales with a promotional tool that is sure to get people excited.
      Read the Case Study

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    Now more than ever, professionals responsible for saving costs and improving outcomes in printing processes, cosmetics and paint colorants need brighter ideas for storing and dispensing ink and other flowable products. Flowable products from Sonoco offer you more convenience, cost savings and better performance, hands down.

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    Three white paper cans of adhesives with flow tips for caulking or other applications

    Markets We Serve

    • Coffee

      Get eye-catching coffee packages that offer product protection, extended shelf life, improved sustainability and consumer convenience.
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    • Person holding up toddler in a field

      Infant & Toddler Needs

      A global supplier of infant formula and baby/toddler food packaging to many major CPG's, Sonoco helps brands communicate reliability and quality.
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    • Food & Powdered Beverage

      We offer solutions for all types of food and beverage packaging—from paperboard to renewable fiber to flexible plastic.
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    • Dried bananas, raisins, nuts, and other snacks mixed together

      Snacks & Confections

      Whether you’re packing chips or nuts, cookies or candy, trail mix or cereal, our packaging can be tailored to fit your product and process.
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    • Woman playing with her cat

      Pet Care

      Choose from a wide variety of packaging specifically for the pet care market—from pouches to flexible packaging and retail-ready paper containers.
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    • Man spraying coating

      Adhesives & Coatings

      Our products benefit from 70+ years of technical expertise and industry experience in adhesive and coating science and chemistry.
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    • Thick red material drips from a container

      Ink Cartridges

      Our packaging fits your needs for improved storage and dispensing of ink, cosmetics, paint colorants and other high-value, high-viscosity liquids.
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