Skip to comments.Heinz no longer qualifies as ketchup in Israel
Posted on 08/25/2015 5:52:35 AM PDT by JoeProBono
In the United States, Heinz is nearly synonymous with ketchup, but Israel has kicked the brand out of that category of condiments all together.
Israels Health Ministry recently ruled that the Heinz brand product does not contain enough tomato solids to be labeled as ketchup in Israeli stores. It will now be relegated to the title tomato seasoning, Ynet reported.
The ruling was the result of a lobbying campaign by Israeli food manufacturer Osem, which produces a large portion of the ketchup consumed in Israel. Israelis have long complained that local monopolies distort the economy, and especially the food market, leading to high prices on products like cottage cheese and Milky brand pudding.
In a letter the company sent to retailers back in January, Osem claimed that it had tested Heinz ketchup in a leading European external laboratory and found that it only contained 21 percent tomato concentrate instead of the 61 percent it advertised to consumers. Israeli trade standards require ketchup to have at least 41 percent tomato concentrate.
The letter sparked a war of words between Osem and Diplomat, the company that distributes Heinz ketchup in Israel. Osem controls about two thirds of the market for Israeli ketchup, leaving Heinz in a distant second place in terms of sales.
Obviously, Osem, which has a monopoly, would be happy if it were only possible to sell their product in Israel, a spokesperson for Diplomat told Ynet in January. But Osems claims have no substance.
Osem fired back, claiming that no one else had raised legitimate concerns about the composition of Heinzs product.
According to Haaretz, Diplomat is currently petitioning to change the Health Ministrys standards in order to allow Heinz to qualify as ketchup once more.
In the meantime, consumers may be left wondering about Heinz ketchups actual tomato content.
I gave up Heinz when John Kerry ran for president and haven’t looked back.
Whattaburger Ketchup is now my brand of choice.
Well, Kerry’s ketchup is as phony as he is.
There’s a similar issue with their US-made tomato juice that cannot be sold in Canada unless it’s called something else. Their US product is reconstituted from tomato paste but here they can only call it “tomato juice” if it’s unreconstituted.
cook spaghetti as instructed on the packet.
when you come to serve, put on as much ketchup as you desire, it has a really unique taste to it.
I gave up Heinz long before that when I realized Hunt’s was as good, or better, tasting, and was less expensive.
That’s funny because we had a Whataburger a few weeks back and we were trying to figure out if they have their own Ketchup recipe. I do like their ketchup better than stuff I can get from the store. I also love the spicy ketchup, I wish they would sell that stuff in grocery stores!
Gotta have faith in the company that you learned to trust in Basic Training -
It also seems typical of Israeli food giants to try to (no pun intended) “squeeze” out the competitors...
If Osem is pressuring Hienz, I will buy ONLY Hienz now! Companies like OSEM can proudly say that they have been ripping off the Israeli consumer now for more than 70 years and they want to continue doing so!
So, despite the fact that Kerry is related to Hienz, I will buy Hienz over OSEM...
Once I bought a bottle of off brand ketchup that was very runny - I didn't buy it again. Problem solved without any government intervention.
If Israsel is so flush with cash they can piss it away like this maybe we don't need to send them the $3 billion or so a year in foreign aid we borrow from the Chinese to give them.
Heinz ketchup has changed over the years. It’s too full of sugar for my liking.
I buy Heinz Ketchup - but only the organic version. It has NO HFCS and is very good.
Mr. Heinz was a good man and a Republican Senator.
Kerry is a fool.
Yeah - But the French’s Company actually makes Brasso.......!
“I gave up Heinz long before that when I realized Hunts was as good, or better, tasting, and was less expensive.”
Years ago, I noticed that Heinz was a weak imitation of ketchup. My wife knows that if she buys the ketchup, it has to be Hunt’s. Heinz has been getting thrown out at our house for many years. Like Kerry, it’s a weak phoney.
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