WASHINGTON, Jan. 19, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:
Profile America — Monday, January 19th. Being able to store and distribute food before it spoiled became easier in the young United States on this date in 1825. That's when Ezra Daggett and Thomas Kensett were granted a patent for the tin can. Heating and sealing food in glass jars had started a few years before in France, and the British Royal Navy was being supplied with canned foods by 1820. Borrowing the practice, the U.S. became the eventual world leader in canning. Even though today frozen foods, plastic containers and concentrates are widely available, canned foods are still popular, including soups and canned tomato sauce. In fact, it takes more than 17,000 people to make all the metal cans we use each year, an industry doing annual business worth more than $15 billion. You can find current data on the country's economy by downloading the 'America's Economy' mobile application at www.census.gov/mobile.
Canning history: http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/92715/canning
Metal can manufacturing/NAICS 332431: http://factfinder2.census.gov/faces/tableservices/jsf/pages/productview.xhtml?pid=ECN_2012_US_00A1&prodType=table
Profile America is produced by the Center for New Media and Promotions of the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on the Internet at http://www.census.gov (look for "Multimedia Gallery" by the "Newsroom" button).
SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau