Just finished watching a documentary on Discovery Channel about Heinz Ketchup, was fascinating!

Before I go any further though, I want to clear up the naming issue. Being from Australia I always called it tomato sauce instead of ketchup, but in actual fact there is a difference: ketchup has more vinegar and spices than squeezable tomato sauce. In North America the term "tomato sauce" refers to sauces for pasta rather than ketchup, but I think I'll still call it tomato sauce. I'm stubborn and set in my ways.

Anyway some facts I didn't know about Heinz Tomato Sauce:

  • In the Heinz factory in The Netherlands the recipe for their tomato sauce is a well guarded secret.
  • Quality control is extremely strict; chemical testing devices in their labs check the acidity, chemical composition and saltiness of every batch
  • There are 17 different types of bottles used. Plastic squeeze types are the most common, though the German market is still supplied with the old fashioned glass retro bottles
  • Over one million bottles a day are sold to Asia and Europe.

The tomatoes have spoken. Wow, that was a terrible joke, even by my standards.

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