The first frozen meals were introduced for airplane passengers in 1945 by manufacturer Maxson Food Systems, Inc. These were considered to be the first full meals in frozen form; however, they were never sold at retail for the public and only used by military and civilian airlines to heat up on the plane and serve. Each frozen meal was packaged on a divided plate known as a “Strato-Plate” with each portion of the meal in its own section. Frozen meals became widespread to consumers in 1954, when Gilbert and Clarke Swanson introduced “TV dinners” of turkey, sweet potatoes, peas, and stuffing, selling 10 million the first year.
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