NATIONAL FROZEN FOOD DAY
Since 1984, National Frozen Food Day has been celebrated annually on March 6th. Frozen foods got their own special day more than 50 years after they first appeared in the 1930′s.
The process of frozen foods was first developed by Clarence Birdseye in 1930, and became available on grocery store shelves in and around Springfield, Massachusetts.
“Clarence Frank Birdseye II (December 9, 1886 – October 7, 1956) was an American inventor, entrepreneur, and naturalist, and is considered to be the founder of the modern frozen food industry” (Wikipedia)
The initial product line featured 26 items, including 18 cuts of frozen meat, spinach and peas, a variety of fruits and berries, blue point oysters, and fish fillets. Consumers liked the new products and this is considered to be, the birth of retail frozen foods.
The frozen food industry plays a big part in our lives. There is usually more than one aisle of frozen foods in the grocery stores, full of everything: some of which include, breakfast foods, fruits and vegetables TV dinners and ice cream. One of our all time favorites, of course, is the frozen pizza.
Fun Fact: ***** Swanson introduced the first TV Dinner in 1954 *****
To celebrate National Frozen Food Day, take a trip to your local grocery store and find one of your favorites in the frozen food aisle!!
NATIONAL FROZEN FOOD DAY HISTORY
Proclamation 5157 was signed by President Ronald Reagan in which it said: ”Now, Therefore, I, Ronald Reagan, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim March 6, 1984, as Frozen Food Day, and I call upon the American people to observe such day with appropriate ceremonies and activities.”