View Full Version : What was it like before fridge packs?

05-12-2006, 10:43 AM
"Back in the old days"...



05-12-2006, 10:59 AM
You should open a soda museum.
Really I’m not kidding.

05-12-2006, 12:59 PM
Are these cans circa 1974/5ish?

I can see that there is not metric measurements on it, and I assume lift top means pop top, plus the cans are straight up to the top (where as early 80's they became tapered)

I've also wondered why they printed "Caramel Color" What was the reasoning for this.

[ 05-12-2006, 01:00 PM: Message edited by: jmyjunk ]

05-12-2006, 02:39 PM
Wow! I don't even remember those.

You do have one heck of an impressive collection wonkapete.

Mr Zabe
05-12-2006, 03:15 PM
I'm my opinion Wonkapete's collection will be known as the Smithsonian Institution of soda pop container and miscellaneous items archives. In time well after we are all 6ft under his collection will attract visitors from all over the world. (Said with much respect and awe.)

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Ram0n C0keah0lic
05-12-2006, 03:40 PM
Beautiful Pics! Thanks Pete! smile.gif

05-12-2006, 07:50 PM
Who was it that first came up with fridge packs? Coke? Pepsi? Some smaller brand and the big guys copied? (not counting those plastic ones you would always see in Harriet Carter gift catalogs)

05-12-2006, 08:34 PM
Alcoa (aluminum people) invented the fridgepack. Coke Consolidated tested them, with the Mello Yello brand. The rest is history.

05-13-2006, 12:03 AM
I forgot... what year did they first come out with fridgepacks?

05-13-2006, 05:34 PM
Yep, my wife brought me back coke and mello yello fridgepacks about 5-6 yrs ago when visiting her grandmother in N.C. I'll have to find them and see what the copyright date is. About 6 months later, they were everywhere.

05-13-2006, 07:37 PM
So... Alcoa invented the fridgepack. I knew Coke was the first to use them (as far as I know) and wondered why they didn't have a patent on them. Now everyone has them with only subtle differences in the structure of the package. It's a shame Coke didn't invent them and then have the exclusive rights to them.

The "big-can" design is really neat. Someone in the graphics department put some thought into those. Take a look at the bottom of the new Barq's packaging. it has a picture of a dog and says something like "Barq's got bite". Can't remember the exact picture or quote but it is pretty cool.

05-13-2006, 09:33 PM
i can't be sure. but,i will check the date. i am an alcoa employee 36 years so far. now in point comfort ,texas...originally hired at mobile plant 1970

05-15-2006, 12:49 AM
It was more a joint effort between Alcoa and Riverwood (the carton manufacturer). 2001 was the first year fridgepacks were produced.

05-15-2006, 10:20 AM

Are my eyes deceiving me or are those cans the old "three piece" style (separate top, bottom and with a ridge going up the side)?

05-15-2006, 10:36 AM
I remember reading that at the time Aluminum sales where down and Alcoa wanted to pick them up again. Since many of its customers are in the beverage business they studied cause and effect and its relationship to beverage consumption. They quickly found out that a cold soda makes a better choice at home as an impulse drink than a warm one. If people had to get the ice out and a glass to pour a warm soda into they would choice an easier alternatve that was already cold. Since the old style 12 pack containers where not condusive to easy refridgeration storage less cold drinks would be placed in the fridge.
Hence the fridge pack design, a full 12 pack easily fits in the fridge......Thanks Alcoa!

05-15-2006, 07:18 PM
Ah so it was those people that came up with it, though I am willing to bet they based it on these gift catalog plastic ones you always see where u put the cans inside it indvidually.
Like This:

Pretty smart of them smile.gif Though, the fridge packs dont fit in the minifridge in my room so i still have to rip up the box if i put soda in it.

05-15-2006, 08:01 PM
I have a "heavy duty" version of that can holder - it has a handle on the end for easy carrying. Not sure why I would want to carry it anywhere, but it is really sturdy.

I never put fridgepacks in my fridge.

05-18-2006, 12:21 PM
Boodoo, yes, they are the old 3 piece cans! Very good catch!


David J.
05-20-2006, 12:42 PM
I found this site, I thought it was pretty neat:


05-20-2006, 10:18 PM
I remember that article, but I don't ever remember seeing a 10 can fridgepack in the US. But they have them in the UK.

05-21-2006, 02:05 PM
Here in San Jose 3 piece cans for Coke product went away in the early to mid 1960's. Some house brands used them for a while after that. Bonneville Canning covered the Rockies to Reno area for Coke at that time, and used 3 piece cans into the 1970's.

05-21-2006, 02:13 PM
Originally posted by fusion:
I remember that article, but I don't ever remember seeing a 10 can fridgepack in the US. But they have them in the UK. Yes we have Fridge Packs (10 cans) for Coca Cola and Diet Coke here in UK.

05-22-2006, 11:01 AM
The 8 can fridge pack (from Coke) recently came out here. Everyone seen those?

05-22-2006, 12:50 PM
The 8 can fridge pack orginated when C2 came out in their odd size packaging, correct?

05-23-2006, 12:23 AM
pepsi has 8 cans here.

i have a space management program loaded with beer packages for my job. there are 10-can fridge packs for miller lite, genuine draft, ice house and a couple other miller brands. miller high life/reg and light is in the process of switching to 12-can fridge packs from the old school 3*4s.

05-23-2006, 12:29 AM
Buffalo Rock Pepsi had the 8 pack fridgepack a few years ago.


That's from 2003.