A boom in the sale of beer in cans on the Danish market has never materialised, despite the how keen the country's brewers were to get canned beer legalised, according to research from within the country.

The country's business daily Borsen today cites a survey by AIM, saying cans now have a market share of 10% in eastern Denmark, a market share of 6% in western Denmark, and a countrywide market share of 8%.

Denmark’s government finally agreed to lift a 20-year-old ban on canned beer and soft drinks in January. It brought to an end the legal battle instigated by the European Commission against the country for breach of the European Union's packaging directive.

Denmark was the only EU country to have banned the use of aluminium beverage cans, for environmental reasons. Beverages have instead been sold in recyclable glass and plastic bottles.