H. J. Heinz Company

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H. J. Heinz Company (NYSEHNZ), commonly known as Heinz and famous for its "57 Varieties" slogan and its ketchup, is an American food company with world headquarters in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Perhaps best known for its ketchup, the H.J. Heinz Company manufactures thousands of food products in plants on six continents and markets these products in more than 200 countries and territories. Heinz ranked first in ketchup in the United States with a market share in excess of 50%. Moreover, its Ore-Ida label held more than 50% of the frozen-potato sector. Overall, the company claims to have 150 number one or number two brands worldwide.


Heinz products around the world


In Australia, Heinz is best known for its tinned baked beans in tomato sauce (particularly due to the success of its "beanz meanz Heinz" advertising campaign), and spaghetti in a similar sauce. Heinz's canned soup lines are widely recognized in Australia. Heinz manufactures condensed soup, as well as "ready to eat" soups - these are offered in single serve packaging as well as the traditional sized cans.

Certainly their most iconic product is Heinz BIG RED Tomato Sauce, although the US style ketchup is also available. Next to the Tomato Ketchup, Heinz Australia also manufactures a number of flavored baked bean varieties, as well as canned meals. Not all products are produced in Australia, products such as Heinz ready to eat microwave bowl soups are imported into Australia. Heinz also markets the Watties brand of canned foods, which are made in New Zealand.

On October 6, 2008, Heinz announced plans to acquire all of Golden Circle's shares on issue for $1.65 per share,[3] representing a premium of 313 per cent to the 40 cent closing price of Golden Circle on October 3. This deal was closed on 19 December, 2008.[4] Established in 1947, Golden Circle manufactures more than 500 products, including canned fruit and vegetables, fruit juices, drinks, cordials and jams.

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