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Heinz, Henry John

(1844–1916) food manufacturer; born in Pittsburgh, Pa. When he was 8 years old he began peddling surplus home-grown vegetables to neighbors; by 1860 he was making three wagon deliveries of his vegetables a week to Pittsburgh grocers. In 1869 he formed his first partnership selling grated horseradish; by 1875 they were bankrupt. The next year the F. & J. Heinz Company was launched with his brother and cousin as partners (providing the initials in the company's name) and himself as manager, manufacturing pickles and condiments: their tomato ketchup, still a best-seller, was introduced in 1876. In 1888 the company was reorganized as the H. J. Heinz Company and by 1896 Henry had invented the phrase "57 varieties." The company incorporated in 1905 with Henry as president. By his death he was employing thousands of employees at 25 separate factories and processing the harvest from over 100,000 acres.
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Not since the days Henry Heinz was introducing his first 57 varieties have we been driving such a strong innovation agenda for the Heinz brand globally.
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Henry Heinz recognized before most of his peers that pure food is not only good for you, but is also good business.
In reality, when Henry Heinz created "57 Varieties" in 1896, the Company already had over 60 varieties of products.
We believe, as Henry Heinz did, that creative ideas and superior quality greatly enhance our value proposition with consumers, which is to offer 'Good Food, Every Day(TM)'.
Today, the organization that Henry Heinz started circles the globe, providing an ever-expanding range of food products and nutritional services," commented Anthony J.