Agri View: Refrigeration

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Everett Griner talks about how refrigeration changed food delivery and shipping in today’s Agri View.


Do you ever wonder what a squash raised in California and sold in Georgia would cost if there were no refrigeration service? Or say a Georgia grown watermelon refrigeration truck-deliverysold in Montana. Refrigerated railroad cars were first build in the 1870’s. They helped make the number of railroad miles to expand. They would make transporting fresh foods and vegetables to all parts of the country feasible. Refrigerated trucks, well, they were not common until the 1920’s. Fifty years later. But, trucks began to claim business that was going to the railroad. See, trains only went city to city. Trucks went door to door. That was the major difference. Railroads were cheaper but trucks put food at the warehouse. Those two factors are still effective today.

That’s Agri View for today, I’m Everett Griner.

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