We’re changing what’s outside
protect what’s inside

We’re changing
the OLD BAY tin.

We would never change the 18 herbs and spices inside a container of OLD BAY.

So, we’re improving the outside.

In the fall, OLD BAY will be updating to plastic cans. These cans will include a new freshness seal to help protect the OLD BAY seasoning blend you know and love until you’re ready to enjoy it. They will be easier to use, for both pouring and measuring. Even better, this packaging will be BPA-free and more sustainable,* allowing us to follow through on our commitment to reduce our carbon footprint.

Even with all these improvements, the new can looks a whole lot like the old can.

Because tradition and flavor are worth protecting.


Over the last 75+ years, the OLD BAY brand has gone through changes, most of which made it easier to use. Actually, the biggest change was from the original name – “Delicious Brand Shrimp and Crab Seasoning.” A much better name was inspired by the OLD BAY Line steamboats that traveled the Chesapeake between Maryland and Virginia.

We’ve changed the outside before — And you still love us, right?

(Also, on the plus side, the new can still looks just like your tattoo.)

Frequently Asked Questions

We know change is strange. We’re sure you have a few questions for us. So we put together what we thought might be the most common ones. If we haven’t answered them all, shoot us a message and we’ll get back to you ASAP.

Why are you changing the OLD BAY cans from tin to plastic?
* This transition will reduce carbon emissions by 16 percent and bring us closer to achieving our sustainability goals. Also, the new plastic can is easier to use – from pouring to measuring – and has a new freshness seal to keep this one-of-a-kind seasoning tasting great.

When will the cans be in stores?
You will begin to see the new packaging in your local OLD BAY retailers in November of this year.

Will OLD BAY taste the same?
ABSOLUTELY. The OLD BAY you have been using on your crabs, shrimp, fish, French fries, salad, chicken and pizza [by no means an exhaustive list of uses] will taste exactly the same. No change to the taste, just the same perfect blend of 18 herbs and spices that add a bold flavor to anything you dare to put it on.

Why did you add a freshness seal to this can? Was the OLD BAY I bought before this change stale?
Given the decision to change from tin to plastic, we took the opportunity to make additional improvements to the overall packaging. The addition of a flavor-fresh seal will ensure that our special blend of herbs and spices will remain fresh until you are ready to use it. Consumers who tested the new packaging stated that they believe the new lid is easier to use and provides a tighter seal.

What other changes are you making to OLD BAY?
There are no other changes. The OLD BAY you have loved for so many years is exactly the same awesome blend of 18 herbs and spices.

Are tins of OLD BAY still available?
OLD BAY fans will not see the new packaging in their local retailers until November of 2017, so you should be able to find the iconic OLD BAY tin in a location near you. You can also find the iconic OLD BAY tins through a wide array of online retailers, including,,,, etc.