In 1809 Frenchman Nicholas Appert developed the method for preserving food that we call 'canning.' He used glass jars sealed with corks held in place with wire. In 1810 in England, Peter Durand patented the use of tin coated cans instead of glass.
Almost 200 billion cans of food are produced in the world each year.
The Hormel Company of Austin, Minnesota sold the first canned ham in 1926.
Carbonated soft drink canning began in 1940. Aluminum was introduced in metal can making in 1957.
Aluminum beverage cans were introduced in 1964, and by 1985 the dominated the beverage market.
A 40-year-old can of corn was found in the basement of a home in California. The canning process had kept the corn safe from contaminants and from much nutrient loss. In addition the kernels looked and smelled like recently canned corn.