December 1: Hormel Foods has switched back to metal cans for its US range of Stagg Chili products after problems using cartons.
Famed for its Spam luncheon meat, Hormel started using special cartons from Tetra Pak for the chili range two years ago.
But problems with the packaging line led Hormel to abandon the project. In August the Austin, Minnesota, meat packer started using cans made by its supplier Silgan, this time adding Quicktop easy-open ends.
“The can is back and it’s easy to open,” said Hormel on its web site.