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The fridge tops the list of most significant inventions in the history of food and drink, as voted for by Britain’s leading scientists at the Royal Society.


The Royal Society, the UK’s national academy of science has named the fridge as the most significant invention in the history of food and drink, finishing in pole position above pasteurised milk, the tin can and the oven, which finished in a respectable 4th place.

The recent announcement is the outcome of a project which saw Royal Society fellows – including a Nobel Prize winner – reduce a list of approximately 100 inventions down to a shortlist of just 20. Fellows of the society, experts in the food and drink industry, then judged each invention on four criteria: accessibility, productivity, aesthetics and health.

So why was the humble fridge voted the most significant invention you may ask? Well, put simply, it has changed the way we eat, allowing food to be kept fresher for longer, allowing diets and recipes to be broadened. The Royal Society added: ‘refrigeration has played the biggest role of any invention in improving the diets of millions of people’.

Artificial refrigeration was first demonstrated at the University of Glasgow in 1748 by William Cullen and then produced commercially in 1805 by an American inventor Oliver Evans, but let’s remember, the principle of refrigeration is far older than the invention of the refrigerator – the Chinese cut and stored ice to store food as far back as 1,000 BC.

Smeg’s history of refrigeration dates back to the early 1950’s and today, Smeg’s extensive range of refrigerators and freezers are widely regarded throughout the world as true style icons - combining modern technology with sleek curves and trendy size and colour options. Models include the Black Velvet, Union Jack and Colour Stripe, plus Smeg’s newest and most creative appliance to date, a fridge covered entirely in denim!

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