Aluminium manufacturing firm, J. G. Neher and Sons, located at the foot of Rhine Falls in Switzerland produced aluminium foil for the first time in 1910.
The process involved endless rolling of the aluminium sheets cast from molten aluminium. Aluminium sheets in their purest form were passed continuously between two rollers filled with boiling water. This brought them closer together. The process was repeated until the desired thickness of the foil was achieved. Later the process evolved to include print and colour.
The aluminium foil was effective in preventing oxygen and air, thereby inhibiting the growth of bacteria. The foil was initially used as wrapper for tobacco and confectionary products.
Aluminium soon became the preferred metal over tin to wrap and preserve food stuff.
In the 1940s a company sales executive wrapped a Thanksgiving Day turkey in aluminium. This inspired the production of Reynolds Wrap Aluminium Foil which became popular in households throughout the United States.