A Swedish immigrant, Carl A. Swanson worked on a farm in Blair, Nebraska, until he moved to Omaha where he worked in a grocery store. He met John O. Jerpe an owner of a small commission company and later became a partner in 1899. He later bought the company and renamed it C. A. Swanson and Sons. During World War II the amount of time spending in preparing meals for children was limited for women. They were needed more in the workforce to keep up the war effort while the men were out in the battlefield. To help the frozen food industry began to dramatically change. Plus post-war the women began to rely on TV dinners for greater convenience, and to save time.In 1950 after Swanson died the company was renamed C. A. Swanson & Sons when the sons took over the company. Initially they focused on manufacturing frozen oven-ready chicken and turkey pot pies in aluminum trays. Later the Swanson executive, Gerry Thomas, visited the distributor of a company that specialized in preparing food for airlines. He suggested to the brothers that they use aluminum trays with compartments. One for the main entree and the other two for sides. Thus they created the Swanson T. V. dinner. They first came out with turkey dinner and eventually added beef and chicken. Do you like T. V. dinners? When was the first time you had a T. V. dinner? Do you eat them often or they more for those nights you prefer not to cook? Out of these selections which are your favorites?
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