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Canned Food   -  Discontinued

Canned Food

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50 min.
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A & E Entertainment
Canned food has been in pantries for more than 200 years. But long before it was a staple on store shelves, it was used to feed armies--Napoleon's Army to be exact. In 1795, a contest was held in France to find a way to make safe, portable food for the army. A confectioner came up with the concept of preserving food in bottles. Before long, the British began preserving food in thick metal cans. In America, canning had a slow start but the 1849 Gold Rush and Civil War contributed to its popularity. A mere 50 years after its development, invention of the can opener made it more convenient. In America's post-WWII economy, rise of the suburbs meant supermarkets, and food with long shelf life became the modern convenience food. But in the 1980s and '90s, canned food suffered an image problem. Once celebrated for its freshness, it was no longer considered so. Now researchers in can technology are offering the self-heating can, self-cooling can, and re-closeable can, among others.

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