2012 Hall of Fame: Clarence Birdseye

Clarence Birdseye leveraged his interest in food and his keen eye for observation to create processes that revolutionized the frozen food industry

Supermarkets cannot point to any one person as the founder of most of their departments — no single merchant created the produce industry, for example, or the spice category, or the deli.

But one man essentially did create the frozen food category, which now accounts for about $60 billion in annual retail sales in the U.S.: Clarence Birdseye, whose name still adorns a brand of frozen vegetables.

“Without him, the frozen foods industry certainly, as it stands now,

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