History of Tin packaging

- Aug 15, 2020-

The original concept of packaging products in tin cans dates back to 1795 when Napoleon Bonaparte offered a prize of 12,000 francs for anyone who could invent a method of preserving food unspoiled over distance and time. Nicolas Appert invented the method of preserving food in an airtight container and was awarded the prize in 1810. This was the birth and the beginning of Tin manufacturing. Fellow Frenchman Pierre Durand (aka Peter Durand) was granted a patent in 1810 from King George 3rd for the idea of preserving food and fashion items of storage from Tinplate. The benefit was Tinplate could be sealed and made airtight but could not be broken like glass. The earliest tin manufacturing of tins was laborious and made by hand. Iron was pounded into sheets and dipped into the molten tin. These sheets were cut into parts and ends and either hammered into shape or bent into a die while seams and ends were soldered. This was an extremely skillful process with even the most experienced Tin Maker, making only 10 tins per day. Over the past centuries, tins were used to preserve and store many different commodities such as tea, coffee, tobacco, spices, chocolate, and stuff because of their airtight seals that guaranteed freshness.

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