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Heinz ketchup: Production returns to Canada with new Montreal factory

29/07/2021 - François-Xavier Branthôme
 After months of preparation, Heinz Ketchup is officially being produced at the Kraft Heinz facility in Mont Royal. The new ketchup line at Mont Royal was constructed over the past several months and is expected to produce more than 100 million pounds (45,360 metric tonnes) of Heinz Ketchup for Canadians in the next two years.

The news comes seven years after production of the condiment moved from a facility in Leamington, Ont. to the United States, to much protest from Canadian consumers.
Now, Canada-made Heinz ketchup is back, as part of a long-term strategy to supply Canadians with more foods that are locally-produced, according to President of Kraft Heinz Canada, Bruno Keller.
"We are pleased to be investing in our people and our plant to return this iconic product back to Canada," said Keller in a press release.
The project will create 30 new jobs and help maintain roughly 750 more at the facility, through collaboration between Kraft Heinz Canada and Quebec’s business expansion program.

Although Heinz Ketchup is now becoming locally produced again, its ingredients are not yet locally sourced.
"We're working with Quebec farmers and we’re working with Ontario farmers as well to get tomatoes produced here in Canada. The goal is by 2023 to have Canadian tomatoes," said Av Maharaj, Vice-President Corporate Affairs, Legal and HR at Kraft Heinz Canada, in a recent interview.

Maharaj said that the demand for Heinz ketchup in Canada today is "unprecedented".

Ketchup is shown at the former Heinz ketchup plant in Leamington, Ont.

Heinz Tomato Ketchup introduces first 100% recyclable cap
Heinz has announced in early July that it is introducing innovative and more sustainable caps for its squeezy sauce bottles, made to be 100% recyclable.

 The unique new cap – made of an innovative single type of material – has been created after Heinz invested eight years of research and development involving more than 185,000 hours and investing USD 1.2 million to find a suitable replacement cap for their convenient and extremely popular squeezy bottles, which sold one billion units globally in 2020.

Heinz created 45 different designs in total on the mission to create the new cap, which were printed in-house using a state-of-the-art 3D printer. After creating the prototypes, Heinz then followed a rigorous testing procedure to make sure the cap met the highest quality standards.

The first Heinz varieties to get the new cap will be the world’s most sold ketchup, Heinz Tomato Ketchup, and the popular Heinz BBQ Sauce. The cap will be rolled out globally from 2022, starting in Europe. The move will mean a potential one billion plastic caps – enough to fill 35 Olympic swimming pools – can be recycled, instead of finding their way into landfill.

To date, Heinz sauce bottles have used a flexible valve, which had been designed to deliver the ideal portion of sauce per squeeze, but was typically challenging to recycle. The new innovative cap has been designed to provide the same perfect squeeze of tomato ketchup using a single, rigid and more recyclable material. Resulting in the cap – and bottle – being easily and conveniently recycled alongside other household curbside recycling.
Heinz is committed to reducing packaging waste wherever possible whilst continuing to offer great value, and this move is part of Heinz’s pledge to aim to make 100% of its packaging recyclable, reusable or compostable by 2025.

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