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***.

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

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

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

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

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Canned food is and always has been a UK favourite.

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Canned food is value for money.

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

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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