About Ball

Preserving for 130 Years

The production of the first Ball® branded glass jar marks the beginning of a fascinating history. The Ball Brothers Glass Manufacturing Company began manufacturing fruit jars in 1884 in Buffalo, New York. After a destructive fire in the Buffalo plant, however, the five Ball brothers and their families relocated to Muncie, Indiana, where their business has become known worldwide. As a leader in home food preservation, Jarden Home Brands is committed to continuing the tradition started by the Ball brothers and handed down through generations by providing quality products to help preserve garden fresh produce.


1858 John Mason patents the Mason Jar.
1880 Ball Brothers Glass Manufacturing Company founded in Buffalo, NY; began producing fruit jars in 1884.
1887 Renamed Ball Corporation, the company relocates to Muncie, IN.
1898 Ball Corporation makes first entry into wire bail jars.
1903 The Kerr Group introduces the Kerr® brand in Portland, OR.
1909 Earliest version of the Ball Blue Book® Guide to Preserving known as "The Correct Method for Preserving Fruit" written by George A. Ball and wife Frances Woodworth Ball.
1920 Glass jars with a tin dust cover used for preserving jelly are introduced.
1934 Ball Corporation introduces two-piece latex lids.
1957 Fruit-Fresh® Produce Protector introduced to marketplace by Benckiser, Danbury, CT.
1968 Ball Corporation develops plastisol sealant used on lids, and red “rubber” latex is no longer produced.
1988 The USDA updates home canning guidelines.
1988 Ball® Fruit Pectin introduced.
1993 Ball Corporation exits the home canning business through a spin-off of a new company, Alltrista Consumer Products.
1994 Alltrista Consumer Products acquires Fruit-Fresh® Produce Protector from Benckiser.
1994 Alltrista Consumer Products acquires Bernardin, a Canadian brand of fresh preserving products.
1996 Alltrista Consumer Products acquires license for Kerr® branded fresh preserving products, and gains broader distribution in the Western United States.
2002 Ball® No Cook Freezer Jam Fruit Pectin is introduced.
2005 Alltrista Consumer Products changes name to Jarden Home Brands, connecting the company to the strong performance of its parent company, Jarden Corporation, and focuses on brands with share leadership in multiple categories.
2005 Ball® Plastic Freezer Jars introduced as an easy storage solution for homemade freezer jams and salsas.
2007 Ball® and Kerr® FreshPreserving™ products get a makeover with more natural ingredients, added versatility, new flavors and fresh, colorful packaging.

2013 Ball® FreshPreserving launches officially in Australia