October 18, 2003 by

Charles Seabrook

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Categories: Business

Without the Seabrook family, tasty frozen vegetables wouldn’t have been possible.

Charles Courtney Seabrook was only 20 years old when he teamed up with his father and two brothers to develop a method of freezing fresh vegetables for mass distribution.

By packing veggies in wood boxes filled with dry ice, they found that the frozen contents tasted better when cooked days later. The family took their processing idea to Clarence Birdseye for refinement and mass production in 1930. The resulting frozen foodstuffs were so successful that the family expanded their New Jersey property into the largest irrigated vegetable farm in the world.

Despite the family’s success, an internal dispute in the mid-1950s split control of the company. Seabrook eventually sold the business to Seeman Bros. Inc., a New York wholesale grocery business.

Seabrook died on Oct. 4. Cause of death was not released. He was 94.

5 Responses to Charles Seabrook

  1. toni

    I was wondering where I would possibly find FREE information on Charles Seabrook. I need this information for a report that is due.
    Was he from New Jerse?
    Thank you
    Toni

  2. Anthony Seabrook

    I’m trying to start a family tree and worry is my family related to Charles Seabrook. Please write me back with any information. My Seabrook Family is from Bronx, New York.

  3. LEW BECKER

    CHARLIE SEABROOK WAS A SUCESSFUL AND RESPECTED DRAG RACER,RACING UNUSUAL AND INOVATIVE RACE CARS IN THE COMPETITION ELIMINATOR- ALTERED CLASSIFICATION.I LAST SPOKE TO HIM ABOUT SEVEN YEARS AGO.A MOST INTERESTING CONVERSATION!
    I AM SORRY I WAITED THIS LONG TO TRY AND RE CONTACT HIM.
    SEE YA AT THE TOP END…CHARLIE SEABROOK!

  4. Mick Ball

    I only met Charlie on one occasion (mid 1990’s?) and he was an interesting, approachable guy. He was selling a DeTomaso Pantera in which I had an interest, so I visited his modest home in New Jersey. The home was modest …. but not the surrounding garages!! He was an auto enthusiast to the core and those garages were stuffed with gorgeous collectible cars and all sorts of other automobilia. Magazine covers were framed and hung on the walls, some of which had Charlie’s smiling countenance on the cover. I didn’t end up buying the Pantera — bought an earlier one instead — but thoroughly enjoyed the time with Mr. Seabrook. He even let me sit in my ultimate dream car, an original Ford GT-40. The man may be gone, but surely not the legend.

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