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Packaged Foods

Meet The Man Who Guards America's Ketchup (Heinz)

Melanie Wong | Sep 9, 201910:53 AM     1

" . . . Osorno grew up in Mexico, became an engineer, and started working at the Heinz company, now Kraft Heinz, more than 20 years ago. It's been all ketchup, all the time, ever since. He's in charge of making sure that each batch of Heinz ketchup comes out of the factory exactly as advertised.

I ask him my question about ketchup's taste. It's remained constant, Osorno assures me, although the Heinz recipe is slightly different in different countries. This created a minor crisis a few years ago, when the company had to come up with one version for all of Europe. Germans liked ketchup with more vinegar; the British version had always been spicier.

There was a time, Osorno tells me, when old-timers at Heinz thought that the taste of their American product was shifting a little. 'They detected that something was changing, and adjusted accordingly,' he says.

He won't tell me exactly what they adjusted, of course. . ."

Meet The Man Who Guards America's Ketchup

Deep inside the company that dominates the business of ketchup-making, there's a man who makes sure that every squeeze of this all-American condiment...

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