6 things you didn't know about Heinz ketchup

6 things you didn't know about Heinz ketchup

Published at 12:12pm 2nd May 2019.

American food giants Heinz are celebrating their 150th anniversary and have had a huge impact on the food industry since they were founded in 1869.

To celebrate their major milestone, we took a closer look at their most famous product and have found 6 things you may not have known about Heinz Ketchup...

1. 'Ketchup' used to be 'Catsup'

Heinz first ever tomato sauce to hit the shelves was called 'Catsup' and the bottle took on a completely different shape to the ketchup we know and love today.

The word 'Ketchup' by which it is now known actually comes from a fish cause called 'kecap' that originated from either China or Malaysia in the early 18th century!

2. Ketchup wasn't the company's first condiment

Heinz Ketchup is possibly the most well-known condiment in existence, but it wasn't the first sauce that Heinz put out there!

The American founder Henry John Heinz started out with horseradish using his mother's recipe all those years ago. Who knew!

condiment tray
Heinz Ketchup is a staple of any condiment tray, but the company's first product was horseradish all those years ago.

3. What is the significance of '57' on the bottle?

You may have seen the number 57 crop up a lot across different Heinz products, but what does it mean?

It was first thought the number represented how many different products Heinz were producing, but in actual fact the man himself was inspired by a sign advertising 57 varieties of shoe! Henry John Heinz also claimed his wife's favourite numbers were 5 and 7.

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The number 57 appears on a number of Heinz products - inspired by an advertisement for shoes! 

4. There's a Heinz museum!

There's an actual museum dedicated to the history of Heinz in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania!

The American state was the home of the company's founder and the museum features a giant ketchup bottle display made out of normal-sized ketchup bottles.

5. Heinz sell more than 5,700 products

The company have come a long way since that first bottle of horseradish sold 150 years ago.

Today, Heinz sells more than 5,700 products in 200 countries, with ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise and baked beans among their most popular.

Heinz hot ketchup
Heinz hot ketchup is just one of over 5,700 products sold by the company worldwide!

6. Heinz Ketchup can be enjoyed in space

Heinz ketchup is out of this world! Literally.

Astronauts can enjoy Heinz ketchup in space after NASA approved the product for use on the International Space Station in 1999.

astronaut in space
Because astronauts need ketchup too!

Beth Parsons from Stray FM's Food & Drink Show spoke to Food Historian Polly Russell about the impact Heinz have had on the food industry:

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