This small channel city where trapped Allied troops were rescued from its bloody beaches in World War II has become the site of one of the largest canning plants in the world.

Opened early in 1990 to help meet Europe's growing thirst for American soft drinks, the plant was instrumental in blanketing all of East Germany with American-brand beverages after the Berlin Wall came down, reports Beverages Magazine, an industry trade journal.A model of efficiency, the plant produces 1,600 cans every minute at each of its three high-speed production lines. Two additional lines are scheduled to move into full production in 1991.

In addition to slaking thirsts in France, the plant produces a variety of canned beverages that are shipped to Holland, Portugal, Belgium and Germany via a combination of trucks, rail and container ship transportation, according to the magazine, that tracks the worldwide beverage industry.