Canned foods double century anniversaryThis article was originally published in Foodnews
CANNED food is officially 200 years old this week. Frenchman Nicolas Appert started experimenting with the preservation of foods in 1804, using sealed glass bottles. In 1809, he had succeeded and presented his findings to the French government, but it required that his findings be published. His findings appeared in 1810. On 25 August, 1810, a Londoner by the name of Peter Durand was granted a British patent for preserving animal and vegetable foods that described the use of tinplate containers. Two years later, the patent was sold to partners Bryan Donkin and John Hall who set up the first canmaking factory and cannery at Bermondsey in South London to produce canned foods for the British Admiralty.