Canning as a way to preserve food was invented by Napoleon in the early 19th century, as a way to feed his soldiers. The first food canned in the United States was Maine lobster in the mid 19th Century. By the turn of the 20th Century, commercial canning was a thriving industry throughout the country. Today, canning remains one of the easiest and cheapest ways to preserve food. Along with commercial canning, there has been a resurgence in home canning, as more and more people look to grow and preserve their own foods.
For businesses looking to expand their food lines, there are many food canning equipment available, for both high and low volume production. Many canning machines are computer operated, while other require 1 or 2 workers. Canning machinery includes:
Put a lid on it with the right canning equipment for your businessA tin can full of soup may look simple enough, but a lot of work and technology went into making it. Because there is a wide variety of commercial canning equipment available, from can seamers and can closing machines, to fillers, labelers and packers, it is important to first identify your business' needs. The filling machine you choose will depend on what type of substance you intend to can. Some fillers are designed for low-viscosity items, like soda or juice while others are designed for high-viscosity items,like chunky soups and vegetables.
Decrease labor costs with commercial canning equipmentMany canning machines require little employee supervision. Automated computerized systems allow machines to be monitored from the comfort of an office. Other machines require only a few operators. These automated machines will help speed up production and profits, while at the same time save money in payroll.
Contract out your commercial canning needsIf your business doesn't have the room needed for a full-scale food canning machine, contract out to a company who specializes in food canning and other packaging needs. These companies can do everything including filling, canning and packaging.
- When purchasing commercial canning equipment, don't forget about your labels. Custom labels will go a long way in helping to market and promote your food business.