Huh, neat. Thanks anon. I knew a guy who basically lived on Fray Bentos straight out of the tin and I always thought it was an unusual name when I saw him eating them. I hadn't thought about the company in years, their history is actually fascinating.
>In 1865, Liebig's Extract of Meat Company was founded in Britain by German chemist Justus von Liebig. The company established a factory in Uruguay to manufacture a beef extract product that would later be sold under the name Oxo.
>Its popularity was such that the term "Fray Bentos" was used as slang by soldiers to mean "good".
>One of the early British tanks that fought at the Battle of Passchendaele was given the nickname "Fray Bentos", because the men inside felt like tinned meat.
>As a result of the demand for Fray Bentos products during World War II the Uruguayan currency became more valuable than the US dollar.
>In 2015, the original factory was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.