Born Dec 9 1886 - Died Oct 7 1956
Patent Number(s) 1,773,079
In 1924 Birdseye launched General Seafoods to sell frozen fish. Two
years later he introduced a quick freeze double-plate machine and in
1930, the first retail frozen products were introduced to consumers
in Springfield, Mass. To help sales efforts, Birdseye created and leased
special display cases which showcased the products. He is known for
developing many other pioneering processes. Today, Birds Eye Foods continues
Birdseye's legacy of innovation in frozen food.
Clarence Birdseye improved the nation's diet and created a new industry
based on his innovative food preservation processes.
During an expedition to Labrador, a young Birdseye observed native fishermen
freezing their catch by throwing it on surface ice. The fish were frozen
quickly in the frigid air, and Birdseye recognized that the speed of
freezing prevented frost damage. He later observed that slowly frozen
food created large ice crystals, whereas rapid freezing retained close
to the original flavor and texture.
Born in Brooklyn, New York, Birdseye studied at Amherst College before
working at numerous biological departments within the U.S. government.
He is credited with increasing the quality of the American diet by providing
high quality foods for long-term preservation without drying, pickling