belongs to Pittsburgh, but we willingly share it with the world.
Henry John Heinz started the company in a two-story farmhouse in Sharpsburg 141 years ago with his mother's secret horseradish recipe, and the rest is history. He was a man of principle who believed in integrity in business and hated waste, putting sustainability on the map decades before the rest. Today the family-owned food manufacturer sells its trusted brands on six continents and has 32,000 global employees, 1,200 in Pittsburgh.
In more than 50 of those countries, the $10 billion company is the number-one or number-two market position.
While the company doesn't make products in Pittsburgh anymore, it's home to the North American headquarters at the Heinz 57 Center, another corporate headquarters at 1 PPG Place and a Global Innovation and Quality Center in Cranberry, which serves as the company's product development center.
Heinz remains one of the world's top makers of a vast line of convenient and affordable foods that range from its biggest seller, ketchup, of course, to sauces, meals, soups, snacks and baby food. In a recent shakeup, the company announced some tinkering with the famous ketchup recipe, cutting the salt content. Heinz steadfastly believes that the healthier recipe will maintain the popular legacy, a 60% share of the global ketchup market and annual sales of more than $1.5 billion.
Tomatoes are, quite naturally, a cornerstone crop for the food purveyor. Heinz has been recognized for its sustainable agriculture program, helping developing countries to grow successful crops, reduce pesticides and produce juicy reds without genetic modification. The company remains a major global provider of baby food and most recently announced plans to push into China and Russia.
"Heinz has called Pittsburgh our home for well more than a century and we are committed to this great city, where our legendary founder was born and where he started his business," says Michael Mullen, company spokesperson. "Heinz is still going strong in Pittsburgh, 141 years after Henry John Heinz turned his entrepreneurial vision into reality not far from the banks of the Allegheny River."
This week Heinz investors and analysts
will gather in Pittsburgh to discuss global businesses and growth strategies for the future.
Writer: Debra Diamond Smit
Source: Michael Mullen, Heinz