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War in the early 1800’s created an urgent need for transportable provisions to feed the troops. Napoleon Bonaparte offered a 12,000 francs reward to the inventor who could solve the problem and feed his troops. The challenge was met by Nicolas Appert who perfected his method of Canning food in glass jars and received the prize in January 1810.

A new industry was born. The same year, Englishman Peter Durand refined the idea when he patented his solution, the tin can or “canister.” Rapid growth in the canning industry occurred after The Civil War in the United States. Union troops returned home accepting and accustomed to eating canned foods. They were willing to make them a part of their civilian diet, and did.