History of Artificial Cold, Scientific, Technological and Cultural Issues

Volume 299 of the series Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science pp 201-229


The Introduction of Frozen Foods in West Germany and Its Integration into the Daily Diet

  • Ulrike ThomsAffiliated withInstitut für Geschichte der Medizin, Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin Email author 

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Frozen foods are a matter of course today; they form part of our daily life and we hardly think about the long time span between the technical invention of freezers and the availability of frozen products in almost every supermarket and even corner grocery. From today’s perspective frozen foods are an ongoing success story. Even though food expenditures in Germany somehow stagnate over the last decades and there is a sharp cut-throat competition in the food business, consumption figures and all-over turnover in frozen foods still increases and is expected to increase further on. (See ‘Absatz-Umsatzentwicklung. Tiefkühlkostmarkt in Deutschland gesamt 1990–2010’, http://​www.​tiefkuehlkost.​de/​tiefkuehlmarkt/​statistiken/​ (Accessed 18 Feb. 2012).) Nevertheless, this finding is a late development. Although the mere machinery for freezing was already available at the end of the 19th century, it took almost 50 years, that frozen foods became a widely used product of mass consumption.