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  • New owners offer buyouts to Pittsburgh Heinz staff

    04/15/2014 4:00:05 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr. 15, 2014 12:23 PM ET
    The new owners of H.J. Heinz Co. have offered buyouts to all workers in Pittsburgh, where the ketchup-and-food giant has been based for decades, but insist the offer doesn’t signal a plan to move the company’s headquarters. Instead, Heinz officials said the buyout is being offered because the new owners Berkshire Hathaway and Brazilian investment firm 3G Capital recognize the company’s new culture might not be “the perfect fit” for longtime Pittsburgh-based employees. Heinz officials said any workers who quit will be replaced, leaving the company with the same number of workers in Pittsburgh. …
  • Heinz trims retiree health care contribution (Warren Buffet)

    12/24/2013 1:22:29 PM PST · by dynachrome · 21 replies
    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | 12-23-13 | Teresa F. Lindeman
    Add Arnold Waldo of Carrick to the list of people disappointed with recent changes being made at the H.J. Heinz Co. Mr. Waldo, 82, who retired from the Pittsburgh food company in 1985, received a letter in late November notifying him that Heinz was reducing its contribution to a retiree reimbursement account used to cover certain medical expenses, such as co-pays for doctor visits and health insurance premiums. "Beginning in 2014, Heinz will contribute $1,093 per year, per household to your RRA," the letter dated Nov. 21 said. The cut, not the first to the retiree benefit, takes the level...
  • The Left's Tides Foundation is leader in secret political money

    12/10/2013 5:49:47 PM PST · by markomalley · 13 replies
    Yesterday in this space, the focus was on the latest wrinkle in the Left's developing strategy for dealing with dissent. It began with using the IRS regulatory power to suppress conservative, Tea Party and evangelical dissenters. The new wrinkle is expanding the tax agency's activity to impose new restrictions on permissible activities of 501(C)(4) nonprofit advocacy groups and to require reporting the names of donors and the amounts they contributed. The avowed purpose of these initiatives is to put an end to what is known throughout the politically correct precincts of the mainstream media as “dark money.”Dark money is funding...
  • Heinz closing 3 plants, cutting 1,350 jobs

    11/14/2013 4:20:41 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 34 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 14, 2013 5:45 PM EST
    H.J. Heinz Co. is closing three plants in North America and cutting 1,350 jobs in an effort to operate more efficiently. The food maker said Thursday that it will close facilities in two states and Canada over the next six to eight months. The cuts total 200 jobs in Florence, S.C., 410 jobs in Pocatello, Idaho and 740 employees in Leamington, Ontario, in Canada. …
  • McDonald’s ending relationship with Heinz

    10/25/2013 9:33:41 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 25, 2013 5:38 PM EDT | Sarah Skidmore Sell
    McDonald’s has lost its taste for Heinz ketchup. The fast-food giant said in a statement Friday that it is cutting ties with the condiment company after 40 years due to management changes there. A former Burger King CEO became head of Heinz in June after the company was bought by Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway and 3G Capital. 3G, a Brazilian investment firm, also controls Burger King. The impact of the change may be tasted more overseas. In the U.S., McDonald’s uses Heinz products only in Pittsburgh and Minneapolis restaurants. …
  • Heinz to cut 600 jobs in North America after sale of company

    08/13/2013 12:14:23 PM PDT · by rickmichaels · 38 replies
    TORONTO SUN ^ | AUGUST 13, 2013 | REUTERS
    PITTSBURGH - H.J. Heinz Co, the world's largest ketchup maker, said on Tuesday it plans to eliminate 600 jobs across North America.
  • AP Source: Teresa Heinz Kerry showed symptoms of seizure

    07/08/2013 7:02:35 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 46 replies
    AP via WPXI ^ | July 8, 2013
    BOSTON (AP) — Teresa Heinz Kerry, the wife of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and heir to a ketchup company fortune, was hospitalized in critical but stable condition Monday, a day after showing symptoms consistent with a seizure, a person in close contact with the family said.
  • Teresa Heinz Kerry Hospitalized in Critical But Stable Condition (Flown to Mass General in Boston)

    07/07/2013 5:16:16 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 86 replies
    ABC News ^ | 7/7/13 | DEAN SCHABNER
    Teresa Heinz Kerry was in critical but stable condition at a Boston hospital after being transferred there from a hospital in Nantucket, where she and husband Secretary of State John Kerry were vacationing. A family spokesman said that Heinz Kerry was transferred to Massachusetts General Hospital from Nantucket Cottage Hospital, where she was taken by ambulance earlier today.
  • Teresa Heinz Kerry Rushed To Hospital, Source Close To Family Says

    07/07/2013 2:54:56 PM PDT · by ConservativeMan55 · 227 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 7/7/13 | Dave Urbanski
    Teresa Heinz Kerry, wife of U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry, was taken to a hospital on Nantucket this afternoon, according to a person close to the family, Boston.com reports.
  • Russia Warns Obama: Monsanto

    05/28/2013 6:56:17 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 149 replies
    http://topinfopost.com ^ | May 28th, 2013
    The shocking minutes relating to President Putin’s meeting this past week with US Secretary of State John Kerry reveal the Russian leaders “extreme outrage” over the Obama regimes continued protection of global seed and plant bio-genetic giants Syngenta and Monsanto in the face of a growing “bee apocalypse” that the Kremlin warns “will most certainly” lead to world war. According to these minutes, released in the Kremlin today by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of the Russian Federation (MNRE), Putin was so incensed over the Obama regimes refusal to discuss this grave matter that he refused for three...
  • Burger King CEO Hees to Lead Heinz Once Deal Closes (Massive layoffs after Buffett takeover)

    04/11/2013 9:13:54 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 11 replies
    Fox Business ^ | 4/11/13 | Dow Jones
    Brazilian private-equity firm 3G Capital is sliding the chief executive of Burger King Worldwide Inc. (BKW), which it currently controls, into the same role at H.J. Heinz Co. (HNZ) once 3G and Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (BRKA, BRKB) complete their $23 billion buyout of the ketchup maker. Bernardo Hees will replace Heinz CEO William Johnson, who has led the ketchup-maker for 15 years and turned it into more of a global food company by selling ketchup and other Heinz's products all across the world. 3G and Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway in February teamed up to buy Heinz for $72.50 a share...
  • Michelle Obama hearts Teresa Heinz Kerry

    03/09/2013 12:19:25 PM PST · by ColdOne · 23 replies
    You do know that. I love our Secretary, but Teresa Heinz Kerry is another woman of courage who has been just a dear friend and supporter to me for a very long time, and it is just a thrill to have you both in this role. Congratulations, and thank you.
  • Junk Bond-Flavored Ketchup: Buffett’s Leveraging of Heinz into Orbit

    02/21/2013 4:45:13 PM PST · by whitedog57 · 8 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 02/21/2013 | Anthony B. Sanders
    Billionaire Warren Buffett loves Heinz ketchup with his hash browns so much that he is driving Heinz into junk status. Maybe he actually likes Hunts Ketchup better. His love of ketchup and hash browns is transforming H.J. Heinz Co. into the most-leveraged food maker in America. Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc. and 3G Capital Inc.’s $2 billion acquisition of Heinz may double the company’s total debt to five times earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization, according to Fitch Ratings, the highest of any comparable food company. The cost to protect Heinz’s debt from losses soared to a record after the...
  • SEC Freezes Swiss Account Over Heinz Trades

    02/16/2013 11:02:42 AM PST · by Lorianne · 12 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 16 February 2013 | Chad Bray, Jean Eaglesham
    <p>The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has frozen the assets of a Swiss trading account that allegedly made a series of "highly suspicious" trades reaping about $1.7 million ahead of the blockbuster sale of H.J. Heinz Co.</p> <p>The regulator's move came one day after Heinz said it was selling itself for $23 billion to Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc. and Brazilian private-equity firm 3G Capital in one of the biggest food-industry acquisitions ever.</p>
  • Goldman Sachs says cooperating with Heinz probe (Insider trading investigation)

    02/15/2013 6:15:58 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 13 replies
    Economic Times ^ | 2/15/13 | Reuters
    Goldman Sachs Group Inc is cooperating with a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission probe into insider options trading in H.J. Heinz Co before the food company announced it was being acquired, Goldman said on Friday.
  • Buffett’s firm dips into $23B Heinz ketchup deal

    02/14/2013 9:29:02 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 14, 2013 10:50 AM EST | Candice Choi and Josh Funk
    Billionaire investor Warren Buffett is dipping into the ketchup business as part of $23.3 billion deal to buy the Heinz ketchup company. H.J. Heinz Co. says it’s the largest deal ever in the food industry. The company, based in Pittsburgh, also makes Classico spaghetti sauces, Ore-Ida potatoes and Smart Ones frozen meals. Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway and its partner on the deal—3G Capital, the investment firm that bought Burger King in 2010—say Heinz will remain headquartered in Pittsburgh. Heinz CEO William Johnson said in a statement that the company “will have an opportunity to drive further growth” as a private enterprise....
  • Buffett pulls off fresh blockbuster with $23 billion Heinz deal

    02/14/2013 8:23:15 AM PST · by South40 · 30 replies
    Reuters ^ | 2/14/2013 | Ben Berkowitz and Martinne Geller
    (Reuters) - Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway and private equity firm 3G Capital will buy ketchup and baby food maker H.J. Heinz Co for $23.2 billion in cash, a deal that combines 3G's ambitions in the food industry with Buffett's hunt for growth. Including debt assumption, Heinz valued the transaction, which it called the largest in its industry's history, at $28 billion. Berkshire and 3G will pay $72.50 per share, a 19 percent premium to the stock's previous all-time high.
  • MIT’s Freaky Non-Stick Coating Keeps Ketchup Flowing

    05/24/2012 8:58:13 AM PDT · by bkopto · 41 replies
    Fast Coexist ^ | 5/22/2012 | Austin Carr
    When it comes to those last globs of ketchup inevitably stuck to every bottle of Heinz, most people either violently shake the container in hopes of eking out another drop or two, or perform the "secret" trick: smacking the "57" logo on the bottle’s neck. But not MIT PhD candidate Dave Smith. He and a team of mechanical engineers and nano-technologists at the Varanasi Research Group have been held up in an MIT lab for the last two months addressing this common dining problem. The result? LiquiGlide, a "super slippery" coating made up of nontoxic materials that can be applied...
  • No Jobs For Americans at Heinz

    12/04/2010 2:37:07 PM PST · by Lorianne · 73 replies · 4+ views
    Fire Dog Lake ^ | 04 December 2010 | Ruth Calvo
    No Jobs for U.S. workers declares Bill Johnson, CEO at Heinz, on Wall Street Journal Report last Saturday Last Saturday, the CEO of Heinz, best known for ketchup production, told Maria Bartiromo that Heinz will not be hiring Americans this year. The reason he gave was the ‘uncertainty’ produced by the ‘inability’ of the government to decide on really important things such as the tax rate his business will pay. He announced at the same time on the same program that Heinz will be opening facilities and hiring in other countries, and concentrated on China where they make soy sauce.
  • Iranian Legislator Says Egypt Promised to Enable His Entry to Gaza

    07/28/2010 6:18:47 PM PDT · by Cindy · 22 replies · 3+ views
    YNET NEWS.com ^ | Published: 07.28.10, 21:09 / Israel News | Dudi Cohen
    SNIPPET: "Iranian parliament member Mahmoud Ahmadi Bigesh said Wednesday that Egypt has promised to issue entry permits for him and three of his fellow parliament members, who want to enter the Gaza Strip via the Rafah crossing."
  • Beanz meanz canz? Heinz to sell plastic jars

    08/01/2010 3:00:48 AM PDT · by Cardhu · 18 replies · 1+ views
    Guardian ^ | Julu 30th 2010 | Staff
    <p>Devotees of baked beans will soon be able to save themselves valuable seconds – not to mention the agony of lacerating their fingers on jagged cans – as they prepare their favourite food.</p> <p>After 115 years, Heinz is to offer its baked beans in screw-top plastic jars for the first time. The 15cm-high resealable fridge pack, which holds 1kg of beans, will go on sale in September and will feature a see-through measure on its side showing how much is left inside.</p>
  • Big shakeup for ketchup - Heinz changing its recipe to slash salt

    05/14/2010 4:02:56 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 136 replies · 2,051+ views
    <p>Your fries may never taste the same again!</p> <p>For the first time in 40 years, Heinz ketchup is changing its famous recipe -- by lowering the salt content in an effort to appeal to more health-conscious consumers, the company said yesterday.</p>
  • Heinz Revamps Ketchup Packets ( it will Hold 3 Times More Ketchup!!)

    02/04/2010 11:51:33 AM PST · by greatdefender · 37 replies · 1,110+ views
    WESH 2 Orlando ^ | February 4, 2010 | SARAH SKIDMORE
    <p>PORTLAND, Ore. --The ketchup packet has been around for more than 40 years, and complaints about it for nearly as long: too messy, too small, too hard to open. Now ketchup giant H.J. Heinz Co. is unveiling the first major packaging change to the to-go condiment.</p>
  • Kerry wife has breast cancer

    12/23/2009 2:20:19 AM PST · by prisoner6 · 51 replies · 2,201+ views
    NY Post ^ | 12/23/2009 | NA
    BOSTON -- Teresa Heinz, the wife of the 2004 Democratic presidential nominee Sen. John Kerry, says she is being treated for breast cancer. Heinz, 71, said she found out in late September that she had cancer in her left breast after having her annual mammogram and doctors later discovered a lump on her right breast.
  • Heinz baby cereal named in milk scandal

    09/27/2008 2:03:44 AM PDT · by Schnucki · 7 replies · 805+ views
    News.com.au ^ | September 27, 2008
    CHINA'S toxic milk scandal escalated today as one of the nation's famous candy brands was pulled off shelves and four more people outside the mainland were thought to have fallen ill. The industrial chemical melamine has also been found in Heinz baby cereal and in potato crackers in the southern Chinese territory of Hong Kong and officials ordered a recall of the products. In China, the maker of White Rabbit candy, given to US president Richard Nixon on a landmark 1972 trip, said it was halting domestic sales after its products were found to contain melamine, normally used to make...
  • Obama Tapped As Heinz Catsup Spokesman?

    09/01/2008 5:56:47 PM PDT · by Ge0ffrey · 10 replies · 500+ views
    (CHICAGO) As Barack Obama’s presidential campaign shifts into panic mode, Obama has reopened secret talks to become the principle spokesperson for Heinz products, pending the outcome of this year’s presidential election. According to a source close to his campaign, Obama had been approached in early May by the Heinz Corporation shortly after he made his legendary jingle-worthy gaffe on the campaign trail in Oregon: “[W]e’ve traveled to every corner of the United States. I’ve now been in 57 states.” His verbal fumble is reminiscent of The Heinz Corporation’s world famous slogan, “57 Varieties,” which the company has used continuously since...
  • Heinz pulls mayonnaise ad over gay kiss furore

    06/24/2008 7:55:22 AM PDT · by vimto · 84 replies · 409+ views
    The Times ^ | 06/24/08 | Jenny Booth
    A mayonnaise ad that shows two men kissing has been withdrawn from television after 200 viewers complained that it was offensive. Heinz, which makes the New York Deli Mayo featured in the commercial, pulled the advertisement less than a week into its expected five week run, in response to the criticism. Viewers told the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) that the ad was inappropriate and unsuitable for children to see. The ASA has not yet decided whether to launch an investigation. snip..... It is understood that the commercial was not shown during children's television programming, because of new rules from Ofcom...
  • Male kiss adds sauce to Heinz mayo ad

    06/23/2008 12:07:18 AM PDT · by Lokibob · 32 replies · 313+ views
    The Guardian, UK ^ | Monday June 16, 2008 | Mark Sweney
    Heinz is set to challenge some viewer expectations with a light-hearted TV campaign that features two men sharing a kiss. The TV commercial, which promotes a new range of dressing called Heinz Deli Mayo, breaks tonight and will be supported by a press campaign.
  • Male kiss adds sauce to Heinz mayo ad

    06/20/2008 1:57:44 PM PDT · by Operation_Shock_N_Awe · 182 replies · 988+ views
    Guardian ^ | Monday June 16, 2008 | Mark Sweney
    Heinz is set to challenge some viewer expectations with a light-hearted TV campaign that features two men sharing a kiss. The TV commercial, which promotes a new range of dressing called Heinz Deli Mayo, breaks tonight and will be supported by a press campaign. Heinz' new ad opens with a family on a normal morning routine with a young boy and girl getting ready for school and their father preparing for the office. The young boy and girl go to the kitchen to get their sandwiches, which are being prepared by a man with a New York accent dressed in...
  • Hope and Change in the culture wars

    06/19/2008 11:23:46 AM PDT · by grandpa jones · 3 replies · 122+ views
    Nuke Gingrich ^ | 6/19/08 | nuke gingrich
    ...in this election cycle, I can’t imagine the DNC would knowingly allow the carefully manicured image of their candidate to be pulled into the culture wars with such a provocative commercial sponsored, at least indirectly, by the spouse of their former standard-bearer... See video here
  • Caption the Obamas with Teresa Heinz Kerry

    04/22/2008 4:28:03 AM PDT · by redstates4ever · 20 replies · 69+ views
    Yahoo! News Photos ^ | 4/21/08 | staff
  • John McCain funded by Soros since 2001

    02/11/2008 8:01:48 PM PST · by Tigen · 563 replies · 2,903+ views
    WND ^ | February 12, 2008 | Jerome R. Corsi
    Candidate's Reform Institute also accepted funds from Teresa Kerry As Sen. John McCain assumes the GOP front-runner mantle, his long-standing, but little-noticed association with left-wing donors such as George Soros and Teresa Heinz Kerry is receiving new attention among his Republican critics. In 2001, McCain founded the Alexandria, Va.-based Reform Institute as a vehicle to receive funding from George Soros' Open Society Institute and Teresa Heinz Kerry's Tides Foundation and several other prominent non-profit organizations. McCain used the institute to promote his political agenda and provide compensation to key campaign operatives between elections. In 2006, the Arizona senator was forced...
  • Zimbabwe Buys Heinz Cooking Oil Company

    09/03/2007 7:31:23 PM PDT · by blam · 31 replies · 908+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 9-4-2007 | Byron Dziva
    Zimbabwe buys Heinz cooking oil company By Byron Dziva in Harare Last Updated: 2:04am BST 04/09/2007 The Zimbabwean government has bought the 51 per cent stake owned by HJ Heinz in the country's biggest cooking oil manufacturer, it announced. The move is the first acquisition by the Harare authorities since a law targeting foreign companies and requiring all firms to be majority-owned by Zimbabweans. The government-controlled Cotton Company of Zimbabwe paid Ł3.4 million for Heinz's stake in Olivine Industries, which has 1,200 employees. The government already owns the remaining 49 per cent. Cooking oil is among those goods to have...
  • There Once Was A Man With No Class ... (John Kerry just can't quit embarrassing himself...)

    07/23/2007 5:42:30 AM PDT · by Renfield · 10 replies · 482+ views
    Captain's Quarters Blog ^ | 7-22-07 | Ed Morrissey
    John Kerry has decided to broaden his public appeal by branching into humor -- deliberately, as it turns out, rather than just being a joke as in 2004. He delivered his highbrow brand of humor at a DSCC fundraiser last weekend, but the Hill just got around to reporting it on Friday. His joke came at the expense of his colleague, David Vitter, and his woes from the connection to a criminal case of prostitution (via The Moderate Voice): Speaking at a Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) fundraiser last weekend, Kerry recited a five-line poem about Sen. David Vitter (R-La.),...
  • Heinz plays ketchup with green gang

    04/25/2007 3:33:05 AM PDT · by JohnSheppard · 10 replies · 604+ views
    The Boston Herald ^ | 04/25/2007 | Gayle Fee and Laura Raposa
    Here’s the Track’s stand on global warming: Until the celebrity windbags quit blowing hot air about saving the planet, the greening of America doesn’t have a snowball’s chance in hell. Singer Sheryl Crow wants us to spare just a square per flush and wear something called a “dining sleeve.” But when will she cut down on her gas-guzzling tour buses, tractor-trailers and cars? And now here comes Teresa Heinz, she of the $35 million Gulfstream V, the speed boats - including hubby John Kerry’s 42-foot-long Scaramouche that gets less than one mile per gallon - and a fleet of fuel-sucking...
  • Heinz Kerry just quieter, not silent

    04/15/2007 7:29:00 AM PDT · by steel_resolve · 13 replies · 806+ views
    Post Gazette ^ | Sunday, April 15, 2007 | Mackenzie Carpenter
    ...Still, some conservatives have once again criticized the Kerrys, as they did in 2004, for living a lavish lifestyle while preaching conservation -- even though she and her husband have since exchanged gas-guzzling SUVs for hybrids and purchase carbon credits for their flying time. But when a recent column by Washington pundit Charles Krauthammer comes up, excoriating former Vice-President Al Gore for flying around the country promoting "An Inconvenient Truth," Mrs. Kerry can scarcely contain her irritation. "What would Krauthammer do? How would [Mr. Gore] get there? Talk to some angel that would carry him on the wings? The message...
  • Teresa Heinz Kerry just quieter, not silent (Idiot Woman, Scary Picture)

    04/14/2007 9:39:39 PM PDT · by LdSentinal · 31 replies · 1,639+ views
    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | 4/15/07 | Mackenzie Carpenter
    She is no longer the outspoken, freewheeling quote-machine of the early 2004 presidential campaign, the woman beside Democratic nominee Sen. John F. Kerry who intrigued voters and frazzled political handlers with her tendency to say exactly what she thought on everything from health care policy to botox, from pre-nups to Rick Santorum. These days, Teresa Heinz Kerry seems more guarded around the news media. Since her husband's defeat, she's lowered her profile, tending to her various philanthropies and, perhaps, nursing some wounds -- not just from the election but from some snarky portrayals of her in the press. About her...
  • Newsweek Declares John Kerry Unfit For Command

    11/05/2006 4:35:39 AM PST · by Dark Skies · 73 replies · 3,584+ views
    newsbusters.org ^ | 10/4/2006 | Noel Sheppard
    Newsweek published an article at its website Saturday about last week’s John Kerry foot-in-mouth debacle. One couldn’t immediately tell the motives behind the piece from the title: “Botched; Assessing the damage done to Democrats—and his own chances in ’08—by John Kerry’s epically flubbed joke.” Nor could one glean the significance of the authors involved: Susannah Meadows with Howard Fineman and Eleanor Clift. However, in the end, when taken in its entirety, it appears fairly obvious that this was the beginning of the assassination, and John Kerry’s chances of making a second run for president have been officially kyboshed. The hit...
  • Pittsburgh Steelers 2006: What's Wrong with the Defending Super Bowl Champions?

    10/29/2006 7:53:43 PM PST · by mcg2000 · 16 replies · 696+ views
    Free Republic Opinions ^ | October 29, 2006 | Vanity
    Official Website of the Pittsburgh Steelers This year is quickly moving in the wrong direction with regards to an effective playoff run. What are your thoughts on the some of the issues and how things need to change for a turnaround in 2006? Me? #1 The Running Game The running game isn't quite at the level of past teams. Understatement of the year, huh? Operating a historically ball control offense, without a featured back capable of providing a consistent 3-4 yrds per carry, is a problem. That void allows pass coverages more flexibility without fear of a Steeler running...
  • W Ketchup™ Sends Ketchup to Kerry

    09/02/2006 7:54:32 PM PDT · by too short · 23 replies · 949+ views
    W Ketchup ^ | August 3, 2006 | W Ketchup
    Eagle Bridge, NY — August 3, 2006 — W Ketchup announced today it has sent 4 bottles of delicious W Ketchup to the office of failed presidential candidate John Kerry. W Ketchup took this move in response to media reports that attendance at Kerry’s last political rally in Iowa was sparse. W Ketchup’s CEO Dan Oliver stated: “We may not agree with Mr. Kerry’s political views, but it’s sad when someone has a picnic and no one comes. We think if he had some delicious W Ketchup instead of some other brand, more people might enjoy his parties. We donated...
  • Soros Fund Management Reports Holding 100,000 Heinz Puts (Connections...)

    08/21/2006 8:27:47 AM PDT · by markomalley · 17 replies · 710+ views
    WASHINGTON -(Dow Jones)- Soros Fund Management LLC, an investment vehicle for billionaire investor George Soros, on Monday disclosed a holding of 100,000 puts on shares of H.J. Heinz Co. (HNZ) at June 30. In a report of second-quarter holdings, Soros Fund Management valued the Heinz puts at $4.1 million. Puts grant a right to sell shares at a specified price. Heinz has been in an ongoing proxy battle with investor Nelson Peltz, who is seeking to place five members on the company's 12-member board. Heinz shares closed on Monday at $41.23, almost identical to their close of 41.22 on June...
  • Kerry and Hezbollah--II

    07/20/2006 2:48:32 PM PDT · by pabianice · 26 replies · 807+ views
    Best of the Web | 7/20/06 | Taranto
    Blogger "Bookworm" has more on the connections between the Kerry family and the terror outfit that styles itself the Party of God, or "Hezbollah": In September 2004, there was a huge gathering of anti-American, anti-Israeli organizations in Beirut to attend a conference entitled "Where Next For The Global Anti-War And Anti-Globalization Movements? An International Strategy Meeting." The resulting manifesto, simultaneously turgid and strident, has as its primary goal attacking the U.S. war in Iraq. It's secondary goal is to challenge Israel's "occupation" of Palestinian lands. It's a nasty document, with a decidedly anti-American tone. What makes it interesting today is...
  • John "I was wrong" Kerry - a follow up

    06/16/2006 10:03:22 AM PDT · by Chi-townChief · 3 replies · 219+ views
    Headbutters Forum ^ | June 16 2006 | OFFOB
    So, Mr. Kerry, were you also wrong when you voted FOR the invasion of Iraq, but then voted AGAINST the funding for it as you blamed Bush and Rumsfeldt for the lack of armor for Humvees and such? were you "wrong" for sloughing off over 76% of public Senate Intel Comittee hearings in the years following the first WTC attack? Which part of "wrong" was "I voted for it before I voted against it"? must be one or the other. were you "wrong" when you publicly gave aid and comfort to the North Vietnamese communists while they were torturing our...
  • Kerry demands US troop pullout - Regrets his vote for war resolution ("I WAS WRONG")

    06/14/2006 4:37:20 AM PDT · by Chi-townChief · 117 replies · 1,791+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | June 14, 2006 | Rick Klein, Globe Staff
    WASHINGTON -- Senator John F. Kerry is placing himself at the center of congressional action over the war in Iraq this week with a crisply worded resolution to require President Bush to withdraw almost all US troops by the end of this year. The measure has exposed Kerry to attacks from Republicans and some Democrats, as critics rushed to tag the plan as a ``cut-and-run" strategy. But it also has made him a rallying point for antiwar activists. The sweeping resolution amounts to the senator's sharpest condemnation of the war and his broadest repudiation of his own vote to authorize...
  • Heinz Profit Falls, Plans 2,700 Job Cuts

    06/01/2006 6:26:14 AM PDT · by xrp · 24 replies · 669+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 6/1/2006 | AP
    Ketchup Maker Heinz Sees 4Q Profit Fall, Plans 2,700 Job Cuts PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Food producer H.J. Heinz Co. on Thursday said fiscal fourth-quarter profit dropped 19 percent, and said it plans to cut 2,700 jobs, or 8 percent of its work force, and exit 15 plants this year as part of a plan to cut costs and resume earnings growth. Heinz is facing pressure from billionaire investor Nelson Peltz to improve shareholder return. Earlier in the month Peltz and his Trian Group outlined a plan, which was rejected by Heinz, to improve profit by cutting costs and reducing incentives...
  • 'Demanding' Kerry Won't Do Ketchup

    03/28/2006 5:10:52 PM PST · by Aussie Dasher · 57 replies · 1,323+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 29 March 2006 | Carl Limbacher
    John Kerry’s list of travel demands makes Dick Cheney "look like a travelin’ rube,” according to the Smoking Gun, an online site that has obtained both the vice president’s and Senator Kerry’s lists of demands. Kerry’s demand list was compiled during the 2004 presidential campaign and circulated by the would-be president’s advance team to prepare hotels for a Kerry visit. The documents reveal that Kerry "hates celery,” and instructs, "NEVER order Tomato based products OR sandwiches [sic].” Thus, ketchup, the condiment that made Mrs. Heinz Kerry’s previous husband enormously wealthy, is out of the question. Kerry does like fruits –...
  • Semi-News: Details of American "Torture" at Gitmo

    03/23/2006 9:53:19 AM PST · by John Semmens · 6 replies · 263+ views
    azconservative ^ | 16 March 2006 | John Semmens
    TIME magazine reports on the arduous conditions faced by terrorist detainees at Gitmo Camp at Guantanamo Bay. It is a remarkable look into the prison life of Mohammed al Qahtani, who is widely believed to be the so-called 20th hijacker, a compatriot of Osama bin Laden and a man who had tried to enter the U.S. in August 2001 to take part in the Sept. 11 attacks. “The conditions are unbearable,” said Qahtani. “I am interrogated for several hours each month. Sometimes I am forced to miss my TV shows.” Qahtani is reputedly fond of the Cartoon Network’s programming. Creature...
  • Kerry takes another look at presidency. Says loss in 2004 made him tougher

    03/11/2006 12:06:20 PM PST · by LdSentinal · 127 replies · 2,781+ views
    The Boston Globe ^ | 3/11/06 | Rick Klein
    WASHINGTON -- As Senator John F. Kerry prepared to make a return to presidential-style politics with a classic day of New Hampshire campaigning, he said that the 2004 run left him tougher and more eager to fight. ''When you get knocked on your ass and lose a race, you've got to stop and reflect on what you're doing, why you're doing it, what matters, and what's important. And I did," Kerry said in an interview in his Senate office on Thursday. ''There's a very different John Kerry now who is absolutely crystal clear about how I communicate what I need...
  • H.J. Heinz Co. on Tuesday posted a 23 percent drop in net profit

    02/28/2006 5:40:57 PM PST · by AmericanMade1776 · 158 replies · 2,108+ views
    yahoo news ^ | Feb 28,2006
    A variety of Heinz products are seen at a convenience store in Golden, Colorado February 28, 2006. H.J. Heinz Co. on Tuesday posted a 23 percent drop in net profit, and fell short of Wall Street estimates, as its tax rate rose and the stronger dollar cut into the value of overseas sales. REUTERS/Rick Wilking
  • H.J. Heinz 3Q Profit Declines 24 Percent

    02/28/2006 8:11:04 AM PST · by SmithL · 7 replies · 197+ views
    AP ^ | 2/28/6
    Pittsburgh -- H.J. Heinz Co., one of the world's largest food producers, said on Tuesday that its fiscal third-quarter earnings fell 24 percent because of high costs related to downsizing and divestitures. Quarterly net income fell to $116.6 million, or 35 cents per share, for the three months ended Jan. 25 from $152.4 million, or 43 cents per share, in the year-ago quarter. Revenue rose 6 percent to $2.19 billion from $2.07 billion the previous year. Earnings from continuing operations totaled 39 cents per share. Earnings from continuing operations, excluding reorganization, impairment costs and other items, was 50 cents per...