Heinz Tomato Ketchup

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Heinz Tomato Ketchup
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2020-02-14 06 09 41 A sample of Heinz Tomato Ketchup in the Dulles section of Sterling, Loudoun County, Virginia.jpg
Product typeTomato Ketchup
OwnerKraft Heinz
CountryUnited States
Introduced1876; 146 years ago (1876)
Previous ownersH.J. Heinz Company
TaglineIt has to be Heinz

Heinz Tomato Ketchup is a brand of ketchup manufactured by the H. J. Heinz Company, a division of the Kraft Heinz Company.


It was first marketed as "catsup" in 1876[1] In 1907, manufacturing reached 12 million bottles and it was exported internationally including Australia, South America, Japan, New Zealand, South Africa and the UK. In January 2009, the label was changed by replacing the picture of a gherkin pickle with a picture of a tomato. [2]In 2012, there were more than 650 million bottles sold worldwide.[3]


Heinz manufactures all of its tomato ketchup for their USA market at two plants: one in Fremont, Ohio, and the other in Muscatine, Iowa.[4] They closed their Canadian plant in Leamington, Ontario in 2014.[5] That plant is now owned by French's Food Company and manufactures French's Tomato Ketchup for the Canadian market.[6] Globally, Heinz manufactures ketchup in factories across the world, including the UK and the Netherlands.[7] Although there is one basic recipe for their ketchup, there are variations tailored to regional tastes, and usually depend on the country where it is manufactured.[8][9]


Limited Edition Heinz Tomato Ketchup blended with balsamic vinegar (left) and standard Heinz Tomato Ketchup (right)

In addition to manufacturing their regular tomato ketchup, they manufacture a variety made with sugar,

In 2000, they manufactured coloured ketchup in squeezable containers appreciated by young children.[10] The colours were red, green, purple, pink, orange, teal, and blue.[11] These varieties were discontinued in 2006.[12]

In 2011 they also started manufacturing a variety with balsamic vinegar.[10] This variety was discontinued in 2018.[13]

In September 2018, they released "Mayochup", combining ketchup and mayonnaise. Mixtures containing mayonnaise and ketchup predate the release.[14][15][16][17]

In April 2019, they released "Kranch", combining ketchup and ranch salad dressing.[18] The new sauce received a mixed reception online,[19] with Newsweek saying that it "might seem as if Kranch is a flight of fancy from a drunken frat boy" but that some consumers were nevertheless interested.[20]

On June 5 2019, (which is National Ketchup Day), Heinz, and Ed Sheeran, released a limited-edition ketchup known as Ed Sheeran X Heinz ketchup, popularly known as “Edchup”.[citation needed]

In March 2021, they released "Tarchup" combining ketchup and tartar sauce and "Sweet Ketchili" combining ketchup and sweet chili sauce.[21][22]


Heinz ketchup is packaged in glass and plastic bottles of various sizes. They introduced their octagonal glass bottle for the first time in 1889 and it was patented in 1890. While other glass bottle designs have existed, the octagonal glass bottle is still in use and is considered to be an iconic example of package design.[23][24]

In restaurants, the glass bottle commonly used contains about 14 ounces (400 g) of ketchup. In 2002, the upside-down, squeezable plastic bottle (an opaque red bottle with a wide white cap on the bottom) was introduced for restaurants. It makes dispensing ketchup easier than from the glass bottle. The design also generates less waste as the ketchup settles down to the dispensing valve. Similarly designed squeezable bottles, in several different sizes, are available in grocery stores. It is also packaged as single serving packets made of foil and/or plastic.[10] In 2010, Heinz introduced Dip & Squeeze, a single serving packet designed for either dipping or squeezing.[25] A small bottle containing about 2.25 ounces (64 g) of ketchup is packaged for room service in hotels or situations where single serving packets associated with fast-food restaurants is undesirable.

Larger amounts, generally intended for the foodservice industry, are packaged in metal cans, rigid plastic containers, flexible plastic bags and a bag-in-box format. These larger containers can usually be fitted with pumps or placed into dispensers for self service in fast-food restaurants. A bag containing 3 US gallons (11 L) is the largest format intended for restaurants. An IBC tote containing 260 US gallons (980 L) is sold to food manufacturers.

Counterfeiting scheme[edit]

In 2012, an alleged scheme to repackage regular Heinz ketchup into bottles labelled with counterfeit "Simply Heinz" labels failed when the ketchup apparently began to ferment and the bottles exploded. At the time, according to a Heinz spokesman, they were working with the US Food and Drug Administration’s Office of Criminal Investigation.[26] No further information is available about this incident either at the FDA, Kraft Heinz Company or the Dover, New Jersey Police Department's websites.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Meyer, Zlati. "Memorial Day BBQ: 7 fun facts about ketchup while you wait for it". USA Today. Retrieved May 19, 2020.
  2. ^ "Ketchup, no pickle: Heinz changes its label". NBC News. The Associated Press. January 16, 2009. Retrieved September 3, 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. ^ Benjamin, Tui (November 3, 2016). "Heinz Tomato Ketchup turns 140 - here's a saucy look back at the bottles through the ages". The Mirror. Retrieved August 29, 2022.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  4. ^ Charles, Dan (September 2, 2019). "Meet The Man Who Guards America's Ketchup". npr. National Public Radio. Retrieved September 3, 2019.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  5. ^ "Ketchup giant H.J. Heinz Co. closes Friday in Leamington, Ont". Retrieved May 1, 2017.
  6. ^ "French's partners with company to bottle all ketchup in Canada". CTV News. The Canadian Press. June 2, 2016. Retrieved September 1, 2022.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  7. ^ Albala, Ken. "A brief history of ketchup". The Conversation. Retrieved September 4, 2019.
  8. ^ "Why Ketchup Tastes Different Around the World". WanderFood. September 20, 2011. Retrieved September 4, 2019.
  9. ^ "Heinz Ketchup Story". Kraft Canada. Retrieved September 4, 2019.[permanent dead link]
  10. ^ a b c "Heinz Ketchup: A 135-Year History of Innovation". STUDYLIB. Retrieved September 1, 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  11. ^ Dickerson, Linda A. (March 17, 2002). "Take a lesson from Heinz: Make the old new". old.post-gazette.com. Retrieved May 19, 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  12. ^ Simmons, Matt (July 10, 2020). "ON THIS DAY: July 10, 2000, Heinz EZ Squirt colored ketchup debuts". WPIX.com. Retrieved September 9, 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  13. ^ Twitter. October 15, 2018 https://twitter.com/heinztweets/status/1051953138469691395?lang=en. Retrieved September 9, 2022. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
  14. ^ The Book of famous old New Orleans recipes used in the South for more than 200 years. Peerless Printing Company. 1900. p. 27. Retrieved September 9, 2022.
  15. ^ McCluskey, Megan (April 13, 2018). "Heinz' New 'Mayochup' Sauce Incites Total Condiment Mayhem". Time. Retrieved April 13, 2018.
  16. ^ Olumhense, Ese (April 12, 2018). "Heinz Teased 'Mayochup', a New Mayo and Ketchup Condiment. A Contentious Online Debate Ensued". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved April 19, 2018.
  17. ^ Levey, Bob (October 19, 1998). "FOUND! -- THE RECIPE FOR 'MIGHTY MO' SAUCE". The Washington Post. Retrieved September 2, 2022.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  18. ^ Martin, Rachel (April 5, 2019). "Heinz Launches 'Kranch'". NPR. Retrieved April 7, 2019.
  19. ^ Wang, Philip (April 5, 2019). "Heinz introduces 'kranch,' ketchup and ranch dressing mixed together". TheHill. Retrieved November 14, 2020.
  20. ^ "Kranch, Heinz's new ketchup and ranch sauce mashup, sparks mixed feelings online". Newsweek. April 4, 2019. Retrieved November 14, 2020.
  21. ^ Pomranz, Mike (March 29, 2021). "Buffaranch and Sweet Ketchili Are Heinz's Latest Condiment Mashups to Hit U.S. Shelves". Food & Wine. Retrieved November 13, 2021.
  22. ^ Pomranz, Mike (March 19, 2021). "Heinz Unveils 'Tarchup,' 'Wasabioli,' and 'Hanch' in Canada". Food & Wine. Retrieved November 13, 2021.
  23. ^ Verhaaf, Marcel (2011). The Heinz ketchup bottle. Amsterdam: BIS Publishers. ISBN 978-90-6369-230-8.
  24. ^ Smith, Andrew F. (1996). Pure Ketchup - A History of America's National Condiment with Recipes. Columbia, South Carolina: University of South Carolina Press. p. 43. ISBN 1-57003-139-8 – via Goole Books.
  25. ^ "Heinz creates new 'dip and squeeze' ketchup packet". New York Post. September 11, 2019. Retrieved September 2, 2022.
  26. ^ Goldberg, Dan (October 18, 2012). "Counterfeit ketchup caper: Exploding bottles leave major mess in Dover". The Star-Ledger. Retrieved October 18, 2012.

Further reading[edit]

  • Gladwell, Malcolm (September 6, 2004). "The Ketchup Conundrum". Taste Technologies (article series). The New Yorker. Retrieved July 16, 2017. Focuses on the reasons Heinz Tomato Ketchup dominates the ketchup market.

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