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Six pack rings for beverage cans
Paperboard basket
Plastic six-pack carrier

A Multi-pack is packaging that combines or holds multiple items or smaller packages.


Multi-packs can be used to:

  • Combine several items for a larger unit of sale, often with a reduced individual cost
  • Provide a package handle to conveniently carry several items
  • Help prevent package pilferage
  • Provide a tamper indicating seal
  • Reduce environmental impact of secondary packaging[1]
  • Keep items clean[2]
  • Obscure the bar codes on the individual combined items and provide a new one for the multi-pack


A wide variety of materials and procedures are available to combine items or packages into a multi-pack.[3][4][5] [6] This can include shrink film, pressure sensitive tape, paper overwrap, adhesives, paperboard carriers, plastic clips, etc.


Beverage cans and bottles are sold in multi-packs such as six packs, twelve packs, and cases of 24.[7] These can be paperboard baskets, paperboard overwraps and cartons, corrugated fiberboard boxes, HDPE plastic handles, six pack rings, and shrink packs.

Other uses[edit]

A wide variety of items and packages are combined into multi-packs for sale.


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Leaner and Greener". Beverage World. 2011-07-01. Retrieved 2011-10-19.
  2. ^ "Third Party Testing: 6Pak Can Carriers Provide 95-98% More Protection". PakTech. 2011-07-01. Archived from the original on 2011-11-14. Retrieved 2011-10-19.
  3. ^ US5685428A, Herbers, "Unitary Package", published 1997 
  4. ^ US5409127A, Stratford, "Multi-pack container assembly", published 1995 
  5. ^ US5667070A, Miret, "Device for carrying containers", published 1992 
  6. ^ US5788302A, Barrash, Ferguson, "Bottle carrier", published 1997 
  7. ^ "Interest In Multipacks Picks Up". Food & Beverage Packaging. 2011-02-01. Retrieved 2011-05-02.