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In an era of pop-up stores and Insta companies, spice fans are celebrating the 150th anniversary of an iconic brand this year: Heinz.

The company founded in Pittsburgh was the brainchild of Henry John – better known as H. J. – Heinz. Ketchup still rules, but the name also adorns everything from mustard and mayonnaise to barbecue sauce and gravy to baked beans and vinegar.

Today the founder's surname strengthens the second billing with which he merged in 2015 Kraft Heinz's portfolio includes Oscar Mayer, Ore-Ida, Jell-O, Kool-Aid, Velveeta, Maxwell House and Planters.

Earlier this month, Heinz introduced two new Portmanteau products – mayocue, mayonnaise and barbecue sauce Mayomust, a mayo-mustard combination. Last year we were introduced to mayochup, which combines mayonnaise and ketchup.

February 21, 2018 The photo shows a display of Heinz Ketchup at a market in Pittsburgh. (Photo: AP)

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No hoodies here

HJ Heinz began the grocery business at an early age and made the current mass of Internet start billionaires like a vintage car. At the age of 8, he came into business when he started selling products from his mother's garden. Today, the brand is the exact opposite of a small startup – a grandfather of American commerce and part of the world's fifth largest food and beverage company. The company sells an estimated 650 million bottles of ketchup every year.

Not the first, but probably the best … Known

The product that most people associate with the name Heinz is ketchup, but that's not the first spice business produced. This distinction belongs to horseradish. Heinz again looked for his mother – this time in the form of her horseradish recipe. It debuted in 1869.

Everything You Can See

One and a half centuries before "transparency" became a buzzword in the industry, Heinz decided to sell his food in transparent glass bottles instead of making it opaque at the time tan. His argument was that he wanted to "showcase the quality and purity of his products," the company said.

Two White House Connections – Nearly

The name Heinz came twice near Pennsylvania Avenue 1600. It is said that the great-grandson of HJ Heinz, US Sen. John Heinz (R-Pa.), Might be a possible one However, he was killed in 1991 at the age of 52 in a plane crash in a suburb of Philadelphia in 1991 presidential candidate. His widow Teresa later married John Kerry, who ran for president in 2004 and lost to incumbent George W. Bush.

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The bill "57"

Heinz tapped this number on his packaging, not because he made 57 varieties, but because he liked the aesthetics. The Heinz lineup actually included more than 60 foods. You can still see this number on most Heinz foods, but the spot on the classic ketchup bottle is the key. The company said it was the perfect place to let the ketchup flow at its top speed of 0.028 mph.

Sounds Kosher,

In the 1920s, the company was the first national brand to have food certified by the Orthodox Union, the leading American agency of its kind, Kosher. The approval symbol – a U in an O – is still found on many Heinz products, including ketchup and baked beans. The exception is those that contain meat, especially pork products.

Marketing Juju

Perhaps the advertising competence lies in the company's DNA. Back to 1893 and the Chicago World's Fair: The company's stand was not near one of the great attractions, and H.J. Heinz had a stunt to attract trade fair visitors. When it was over, he had given away nearly a million pickle pins. Seven years later, the company was behind the first electronic billboard in New York City – a six-story Pickle, now home to the Flatiron Building. In 1987, Heinz aired his now-classic commercial, in which a bottle slowly filled ketchup out of a building so the bottle positioner had plenty of time to run down and buy a hot dog before he ate the spice with his meal. The company proved forward-looking when it came to finding talent. The star of this TV commercial was the future "Friends" actor Matt LeBlanc.


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