A dependable, ordinary and ubiquitous food item, the can of salmon, could soon find itself made redundant by an emerging technology.

The largest producer of Alaska canned salmon believes American consumers will soon choose a new micro-waved version of the fish. With a long shelf life, the ready-to-eat fillet comes in a pouch and is more even-cooked and tastier than the canned version.

Seattle-based Ocean Beauty has been working with the US military and Washington State University on the process that uses energy with three times the wavelength of household microwaves. The company will launch the product pending regulatory approval.