10. Invention of the sachet of sugar
The invention of the sachet of sugar dates back to 1862 in Philadelphia, at the hands of a certain Mr Partridge. In France, in 1908, two Parisians, Loïc de Combourg and François de la Tourrasse, deposited their invention: the Sucre-Pochette. The following year Ernest Picard created a special casing to contain sugar and protect it from flies and dust microbes. During the First World War, restaurants began to manufacture sachets of sugar in order, this time, to ration the quantities and avoid waste, printing clear messages on them: ne gaspillez pas le sucre and ration pour une tasse.
Germany, on the other hand, was responsible for the intuition, around 1930, of the pyramid-shaped packages, useful for better dosing the desired quantity. Today, sugar sachets are for many admirers a collector's item, with specialised sites, catalogues, clubs, national and international gatherings, and events dedicated to the exhibition, sale or exchange of the rarest pieces.