Canadian Packaging

On The Can


August 25, 2010
by Andrew Joseph, Features Editor

On August 25, 2010, we celebrated the 200th anniversary of canned foods when Peter Durand patented his tinplate containers as a means preserving animal and vegetable foods.

To read more about the anniversary and a little history, click HERE.

At this time, I’d like to salute some of my all-time favorite canned foods: Heinz Baked Beans; Hormel Food‘s Spam; Hereford Corned Beef; Mott’s Clamato; Clover Leaf Tuna; Brunswick Sardines; Chef Boyardee (Mini Bites!!); Campbell’s Soup; and Nestlé‘s Dr. Ballard’s dog food (although I still have scars from the slashes earned while opening up food for my cocker spaniels and rottweilers, I miss that brand – and I had two rottweilers live to be nearly 18). I miss the dogs as well.

Excluding the dog food, I still get a childhood thrill whenever I crack open a can of any of the above-mentioned products. As for the rest of you brand owners not mentioned – the odds are high that I am a purchaser of your goods… I just wanted a short list of some of the different shapes and sizes of cans from my past. There’s a whole lotta soda pop, beer, fruit cups, veggies and darn near every product ever available either here or in Japan that I have sampled as well. I love Pocari Sweat.

What’s the point of all this? It’s really just to offer a great big congratulations to the canning industry as a whole – a few scars aside, I can’t even fathom what life would be like without such useful packaging.

But, here’s something to wonder about amongst yourselves. Seeing as how canned goods were widely used just a few years after the can’s patent and that the first commercial can opener was patented by Robert Yates in 1855 – how the heck were they opening cans before that?

Somewhere with a hammer,
Andrew Joseph