Kraft Heinz has announced that the production of Heinz ketchup for sale in Canada is moving back to Canada from the United States.
Moving forward, the condiment will be produced at Kraft Heinz Canada‘s flagship Mont Royal factory in Montreal, Que.
The new Heinz ketchup line is set to begin operation in late summer 2021 and is expected to produce over 100 million pounds of Heinz ketchup for Canadian consumers in the first two years alone as production ramps up. That is the equivalent of 13 million one-litre bottles each year.
The project is a joint investment between Kraft Heinz Canada and the Government of Quebec’s business expansion program. The $17-million investment includes a $2 million forgivable loan from the province.
“Kraft Heinz Canada is pleased to partner with the Quebec Government on this investment in bringing ketchup production back to Canada from the U.S.,” says Bruno Keller, President, Kraft Heinz Canada. “Through our partnership with Quebec and increased efficiencies at our Mont Royal facility, it became possible to return this iconic product back to Canada for Canadians at this time.”
The project will create 30 new jobs and help maintain approximately 750 more at the Mont Royal facility.
The Financial Post says The Mont Royal line will produce 98 per cent of all the Heinz ketchup sold in Canada, except a few specialty ketchup products that will continue to be made at the company’s facility in Fremont, Ohio.
Av Maharaj, chief administrative officer at Kraft Heinz Canada, says the company has seen an increased demand for ketchup.
He adds that while the Mont Royal plant’s supply of roughly 50 millions pounds of tomatoes per year will be imported from the United States at first, “the hope is … all the tomatoes that we use will be produced in Canada.”
The company had previous moved its Heinz ketchup production to the U.S. after selling its Leamington, Ont., factory to Highbury Canco in 2015.