Turkey innovation invented in SC 50 years ago

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DUNCAN, S.C. (AP) — If you had a turkey on the table during the holidays this year, chances are your frozen bird was protected by a wrapper designed 50 years ago by a South Carolina company.

Cryovac created a process at its plant in Duncan that allowed a turkey to be slaughtered, cleaned, wrapped in the stretchy film, vacuum packed and quickly frozen.

The bags turned the meat from an only-on-the-holidays treat that often had to be eaten fresh within 25 days to something enjoyed year around with a shelf life of up to 18 months if frozen properly.

Cryovac is now owned by Fortune 500 company Sealed Air. It still runs the plant in Duncan, along with plants in Simpsonville and Seneca, employing about 2,600 people.

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