Created by Hormel in 1937, Spam became known as the "miracle meat" that would keep Britain going throughout the WWII. The spiced, canned ham and pork produce was cheap to buy and its popularity was further helped later on by heavy advertising and catchy jingles. In the 40s and 50s there were even Hormel girls who distributed Spam door-to-door.
In the 60s, smaller sized cans were introduced, and in 1971 a smoke-flavoured version was launched, and later still a low-salt version to help its image in an ever more health-conscious society.
Unfortunately, sometime in the 80s, Spam became naff! This wasn't helped by Monty Python's insults either. Sales dropped... but the noughties are witnessing its come back. With purse strings being tightened due to the economic crisis, cheap, filling foods like Spam are a popular choice. Hormel has also just announced a £2 million advertising campaign to tell the world Spam is "still out there".