Coke can size and dimensions have changed with time. Initially, they started selling coke in contour bottles which contain 6.5-fluid-ounce (177-milliliter) and soda fountains. Coca-cola started selling drinks in cans of 10 to 12-fluid-ounce (296 to 355-milliliter) after some decades.
The classic 12-fluid-ounce (355-meter) can of Coke is 2.60 inches (6.60 centimeters) in diameter and 4.83 inches (12.27 centimeters) in height. The tall and slim can of coke is 2.25 inches (5.72 centimeters) in diameter and 6.125 inches (15.56 centimeters) in height.
If you have more questions about the dimensions of a coke can, please continue reading this post. I have described the dimensions of coke cans in detail below, including how they have changed over time.
Coke Can Dimensions:
In the beginning, coke used cans 2.60 inches (6.60 centimeters) in diameter and 4.83 inches (12.27 centimeters) in height to sell 12-fluid-ounce drinks. Most of the other soda brands and soft drinks companies use the same dimensions to sell 12-fluid-ounce drinks. Now, these are the standard dimensions for 12-fluid-ounce cans.
So, the normal 12 oz coke can height is 4.83 inches and the slim version of the coke can is 6.125 inches in height.
Eventually, Red Bull launched its 12-ounce energy drink in slim and tall cans, which became popular. Coca-Cola decided to change its 12-fluid-ounce can to a slim and tall design like Red Bull. The dimensions of tall and slim cans are 2.25 inches (15.56 centimeters) wide and 6.125 inches (15.56 centimeters) in height.
The benefit of using tall and slim cans is that they take up less space on the shelves. Retailers can manage more cans on one shelf. Taller can stand out from other cans, which is a smart marketing strategy. This design provides the company with some extra space to place more details about the product.
Coca-Cola cans shrinking:
Coke and other soft drink companies are shrinking their cans day by day and customers have already noticed.
Coca-Cola and PepsiCo have decided to change the can size and introduce a new size. So they both introduced a slightly different small size with a different quantity of 7.5-fluid-ounces. Additionally, the manufacturers launched new bottles of 8 to 8.5 fluid ounces (237 to 251 milliliters).
The size and history of 330-milliliter Coke can:
Coke changed its can dimensions dramatically in South Africa back in 2018 due to the sugar tax. As a result of the recently passed tax law, Coca-Cola can use the first 4 grams of sugar per 100 milliliters (3.38 fluid ounces) tax-free, but after that, it has to pay 2.1 cents per gram.
The sugar quantity of Coca-Cola varies depending on the country and its laws. According to Coca-Cola, there are 39 grams of sugar per 12 fluid ounces. Coca-Cola has been fined 7.455 cents for each 12-fluid-ounce can that has been manufactured and distributed after the new sugar tax in South Africa.
In South Africa, Coca-Cola reduced the can size and the new can size is about 10% to 330 milliliters (11.16 fluid ounces). But by the freshly introduced and imposed sugar tax the company has been fined heavily. The reduced new can size could be the offset fine, due to the lower manufacturing cost.
Finally, Coca-Cola started manufacturing and distributing the updated can of 330 milliliters (11.16 fluid ounces) with dimensions of 2.61 inches (6.62 centimeters) in diameter and 4.54 inches (11.52 centimeters) in height in South Africa.
Country-specific different sizes of Coca-Cola cans:
Above, I have specified the dimensions of the 330-milliliter can (11.16 fluid ounces) of coke, which is a little lesser than the standard can of 355 milliliters (12 fluid ounces). Although, Depending on the country, the standard size of a coke varies.
Here is a list of the coke can sizes in different countries
FAQ About Coke Cans
What are the dimensions of a 12 oz soda can?
The standard can size in North America is 12 oz (fluid ounce) or 355 milliliters. 12 oz Coke cans are 4.83 inches or 12.3 centimeters in height, 2.6 inches or 6.60 centimeters in diameter at the widest part of the can, and 2.13 inches or 5.41 centimeters in diameter at the lid’s point.
What are the dimensions of a 330mL Coke can?
A 330-milliliter can is 2.61 inches or 6.62 centimeters in diameter and 3.77 inches or 9.587 centimeters in height.
What material is used in the Coke cans?
Coke cans are made from 42% recycled aluminum and 56% new aluminum, according to Coca-Cola. 98% of it is aluminum, and the other 2% is a mixture of metals like iron and manganese.
Does Coca-Cola own any other soft drink brands?
Yes, according to their official website, Coca-Cola owns a variety of soft drink brands. Sprite, Appletiser, Diet Coke, Barqs Root Beer, Schweppes, Fresca, and Fanta are owned by Coca-Cola.
Should I wash Coke cans?
Yes, you should wash the cans of Coke and soft drinks. Especially if you bought them from gas stations or grocery stores. The cans you bought from the gas station contain gas fumes, too, so they are full of germs. So it could be harmful to you.