The old Comur factory is now a museum, where you can find out about its history and the origins and development of the Portuguese canning industry.
At the beginning of the 19th century, a Frenchman by the name of Nicolas Appert invented the method of preserving food in closed containers. Later, an Englishman, Peter Durand, developed the idea, filing a patent for a metal casing.
That same century, Portugal saw its first fish canning factories. The proximity of the coast and the length of coastline, combined with the abundance of high-quality fish, created the natural conditions for the development of the canning industry, and Portugal even became at one time the largest producer in the world.
In the 20th century, World War I proved to be the great opportunity for the Portuguese canning industry. As Portugal was not involved in the hostilities directly, Portuguese preserves fed soldiers on both sides of the conflict and the industry thrived. History repeated itself in World War II, but in the post-war period the sector lost its main target markets and the sales slump was inevitable; of the 152 factories that existed at the time, there are two dozen left.
A space to discover
Besides the history, which we can offer only a glimpse of here and is worth discovering in depth, the museum allows shows the complete process of canning production, from the moment the fish arrive to the time the cans are shipped. Find out more about the Comur Museum here.After visiting the museum, pop into the Comur store on Rua de Coimbra, Aveiro. There, you will find the know-how of eight decades in a tin, so you can enjoy the delicious taste of the memory of our History at home…
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