The History and Impact of Canned Food

Where Canned began

An Englishman, Peter Durand, developed a method of sealing food into unbreakable metal containers, which was perfected by Bryan Dorkin and John Hall, who set up the first commercial canning factory in England in 1813***.

As more and more of the world was explored, and as provisioning armies took on greater importance, the demand for canned foods grew***. More than 50 years later, Louis Pasteur provided the explanation for canning’s effectiveness when he was able to demonstrate that the growth of microorganisms is the cause of food spoilage***.

The canned food industry
is worth £2.2bn*
to UK retailers

 £1.24m kilogrammes* of canned goods
being purchased by
UK consumers each year.

Food in cans
is easy to purchase,
store and use.

Canned food is meal staple in the UK consumer’s eye – just 2% never purchase canned food.**

Canned food is
and always has been
a UK favourite

Canned food
is value
for money.

3 billion units****
of canned food
are sold each year.

The flavour of
harvested, farmed or caught
food is locked in the can.

* Kantar Worldpanel: 52 w/e 29 Jan 2017 |** YouGov survey results – conducted November 2016 – 2,024 UK residents, aged 18+.
*** The history of food canning – Click here | **** Kantar Worldpanel: 52 w/e 29 Jan 2017

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