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Kraft Heinz Canada and Highbury Canco extend their partnership agreement

17/06/2024 - Madeleine Royère-Koonings
Kraft Heinz Canada and Highbury Canco have extended their partnership agreement until the end of 2027
 
This is the third extension of their partnership. The estimated retail value of of Kraft products that should be produced at the Leamington factory over the next four years is more than $1 billion.
 
Employees at Highbury Canco in Leamington, are shown on the tomato juice production line on September 12, 2019.© Provided by Windsor StarHighbury Canco's 2.1-million-square-foot facility in Leamington employs more than 600 people. It was was bought from Heinz in May 2014.
It produces some of Kraft Heinz Canada’s most popular products, such as Heinz tomato juice and Classico pasta sauces. It also produces the tomato paste used to make ketchup, which is now made in Montreal. It processes more than 220 million pounds of Ontario tomatoes per year.
Kraft Heinz Canada is Highbury Canco's largest partner in Canada.
 
Tomatoes being washed and climbing an outdoor conveyer into the Highbury Canco processing facility in Leamington. © FABRIZIO COSTANTINIWe’ve built strong local partnerships across Canada, our second largest market globally, for over 100 years and this new deal signals our continued commitment to being a strong partner to Canadian communities,” said Simon Laroche, president, Kraft Heinz Canada.
 
Extending our partnership with Kraft Heinz Canada for another four years provides significant stability for our facility and for our workforce,” said Sam Diab, CEO at Highbury Canco.
 
This is a mutually beneficial alliance that is of great significance to the Leamington community, and for all the Canadians that can continue to enjoy Kraft Heinz Canada products being produced at facilities such as ours,” he continues.
 
About Kraft Heinz Canada
Kraft Heinz Canada has a history that goes back over a century to 1903, when James Lewis Kraft of Stevensville, Ontario, started selling cheese from a horse-drawn wagon. Heinz Canada was later established in 1909 in Leamington, Ontario, beginning with the sale of pickles sourced from local producers. In 2015, Kraft Foods Group merged with the H.J. Heinz Company, forming Kraft Heinz Canada, a subsidiary of the Kraft Heinz Company (NASDAQ: KHC). Today, Kraft Heinz Canada is the nation's second-largest company for iconic food and beverage brands, including Kraft Peanut Butter, Heinz Ketchup, KD, Philadelphia Cream Cheese, Renée's Dressing, Jell-O, Classico Sauce, Kool-Aid, and Maxwell House Coffee, present in over 97 percent of Canadian homes.

Kraft Heinz Canada is undergoing a transformation aligned with Kraft Heinz's global mission, Making Life Delicious, by fostering memorable moments in communities through local initiatives such as Place aux Jeux and Kraft Hockeyville, and by supporting food banks across the country through the Kraft Heinz Pantry Project. For more information about our journey, visit kraftheinz.com/en-ca or follow us on LinkedIn.

Sources: am800cklw.com, msn.com, ici.radio-canada.ca
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