Heinz Baked Beans
New and old versions of the Heinz brand
|Product type||Canned food|
|Country||United Kingdom, United States|
|Related brands||Tomato ketchup|
|Tagline||Beans meanz Heinz|
Heinz Beanz were launched in 1901 as "Heinz Baked Beans" and were produced in the United States until 1928. In 1901 Heinz Baked Beans were first sold at the Fortnum & Mason department store in London. After opening its first overseas office in London in 1896, the company opened its first UK factory in Peckham, south London, in 1905. This was followed by a second factory at Harlesden, north-west London in 1919. Production was started at a former munitions factory at Standish near Wigan in 1946. A new factory opened in Kitt Green Wigan in 1958. In 2013 factory in Kitt Green listed as one among the world’s top five manufacturing units.(among other by Discovery Channel world’s top five largest factories:Reliance’s Jamnagar Refinery, Volswagen's car plant, Kitt Green Foods plant, NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, POSCO ‘s steel plant). It is Europe's largest food factory and turns out more than 1 billion cans every year. 
For several years they had been available in the US in "British Goods" specialty stores only. Presently they are available at many US supermarkets and specialty stores but are now imported with a label similar to the older British label but with US spelling and US Nutrition Facts.
Advertising slogan 
In 1967 Heinz launched an advertising campaign with the slogan "Beanz Meanz Heinz". The phrase was created by advertising executive Maurice Drake, and went on to become one of the best-known advertising slogans in the United Kingdom. Drake later said that the slogan was "written over two pints of beer in The Victoria pub in Mornington Crescent". In 1998 Heinz Baked Beans was voted as one of 12 brands that citizens of the United Kingdom think best represents the final 10 years of the millennium. In 2008 "Heinz Baked Beans" were renamed "Heinz Beanz", the original title being "a bit of a mouthful to pronounce" according to the company.
BPA allegations 
In 2001, the Food Standards Agency of the Government of the United Kingdom found Heinz canned baked beans was one of a number of well-known canned products to be contaminated with the hormone disruptor bisphenol A (BPA). This chemical forms part of the membrane that lines the cans. The Heinz company put out a statement – "Although UK and European food authorities have stated that minute levels of BPA in can coatings are safe, Heinz remains committed to moving to alternatives."
Production method 
Heinz Baked Beans are produced by sealing raw beans and sauce in the can, which are then placed in large pressure cookers. This gives the sauce its thick consistency and ensures a long shelf life for the product.
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Further reading 
- "Heinz Beanz introduce new jars for idiots". Daily Mirror. 31 July 2010. Retrieved 23 December 2012.