The $60 billion frozen food industry owes its success to the creative genius of Clarence Birdseye, whose observations of Inuit ice fishing led to his development of a viable flash-freezing technology in 1924. It took years before his invention gained national scale, but by the time he died in 1956 frozen foods had become ubiquitous in United States food retailing. “He was the father of the modern age of frozen foods,” Corey Henry, vice president of communications at the ...

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