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Clarence Birdseye

Inventor Clarence Birdseye

Profession: Inventor

United States of America

Biography: Best known for developing a process for freezing foods in small packages suitable for retailing, Birdseye revolutionised the modern frozen food industry.

Working for the U.S. Biological Survey as a field naturalist, Birdseye got the idea when visiting the Arctic. Birdseye noted that when frozen fish was thawed much later, it later retained most of its freshness.

As a skilled businessman he co-founded a company, General Seafood Corporation in 1924, which started the entire frozen food industry.

In the 1930s he patented a new food dehydration process, which he began marketing in 1946.

Born: December 9, 1886
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, USA

Generation: Lost Generation
Star Sign: Sagittarius

Died: October 7, 1956 (aged 69)
Cause of Death: Heart attack

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  • 1930-08-12 Clarence Birdseye is granted a patent for method for quick freezing food (patent US 1773079 A)
  • 1952-10-30 Clarence Birdseye sells first frozen peas
  • 1952-11-03 Clarence Birdseye markets frozen peas

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