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.