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Heinz bringing ketchup production back to Canada with Quebec plant expansion

Kraft Heinz Co. is planning to make ketchup in Canada again, six years after its controversial exit from Ontario’s tomato belt pushed some shoppers to lash out and switch brands. Av Maharaj, chief administrative officer at Kraft Heinz Canada, on Monday said the company will start producing Heinz ketchup at its facility outside Montreal, pumping out the equivalent of 13 million one-litre bottles each year starting in 2021. “There has been an unprecedented demand for Heinz ketchup across North America,” he said, adding the increase was part of a broader uptick in the sauces category the company has been tracking for several years. The Quebec government on Tuesday announced it will loan $2 million of the total US$17.6-million cost to add a ketchup production line at the Kraft Heinz factory in Mount Royal.