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.