Food cans reach two hundredth birthday

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The US Can Manufacturers Institute is inviting the world to celebrate the two hundredth birthday of the food can on August 25 2010.

It traces the advent of the food can to the patent granted to British inventor Peter Durand on August 25, 1810 for his idea to store preserved food in tinplate vessels.

Two hundred years later, there are more than 600 sizes and styles of cans being manufactured, according to the institute. Consumers worldwide buy more than 1,500 different food items from all over the globe at any time of year.

Innovative design still continues in the form of molded and shaped cans, cans with multiple graphic capabilities, easy-open cans, and microwavable cans, said the institute.

Meanwhile, US consumers alone diverted more than 1.5m tonnes of steel cans from landfills, contributing to the more than 82 million tons of steel recycled last year

The institute estimated that the can manufacturing business to be worth $14.9bn each year.

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