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In a time of pop-up shops and insta-companies, spice fans celebrate the 150th birthday in an iconic brand this year: Heinz.

The Pittsburgh-based business was Henry Shin's brainchild – better known as H.J. – Heinz. Ketchup constantly regulates, but the name also offers everything from mustard and mayonnaise to green sauce and sauce to baked beans and vinegar.

Today, the founder's surname has other invoicing to Kraft, which it merged with in 2015. Brands in the Kraft Heinz portfolio include Oscar Mayer, Ore-Ida, Jell-O, Kool-Aid, Velveeta, Maxwell House and Planters.

Earlier this month, Heinz introduced two new portant products – Mayocue, which is mayonnaise and grill sauce and Mayomust, a mayo mustard combo. Last year we were introduced to Mayochup, which mixes mayonnaise and ketchup.

This February 21, 2018, file photo shows a view of Heinz Ketchup on display at a market in Pittsburgh. (Photo: AP)

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Here are seven trivia treats that "relish" about the business.

No hoodies here

HJ Heinz started in the food industry when he was so young that he is making the current series of internet startup billionaires as ancient times. He came into the biz at the age of 8 when he started peddling producing from his mother's garden. Today, the brand is the exact opposite of a small startup – a granddaddy of American commerce and part of the fifth largest food and beverage company on the planet. The company sells approx. 650 million bottles of ketchup alone annually.

Not the first, but possibly the best … known

The product most people associate with the name Heinz is ketchup, but it is not the first spice the company produced. This distinction belongs to horseradish. Once again Heinz looked to his mother for a lift – this time in the form of her horseradish recipe. It debuted in 1869.

See everything you can see

Half a year and a half before "transparency" became an industry word, Heinz chose to sell his food in transparent glass bottles, rather than so popularly opaque brown. His reason was that he wanted to "show the quality and purity of his products", according to the company.

Two White House Connections – Almost

The Heinz name came twice close to entering 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. HJ Heinz's grandson, US Sen. John Heinz (R-Pa.), Was smoked to be a possible presidential candidate, but he was killed in a plane crash in suburban Philadelphia in 1991 at the age of 52. His widow, Teresa, later married John Kerry, who ran for president in 2004 and lost to established George W. Bush.

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The false "57"

Heinz hit that number on his packaging, not because he made 57 varieties, but because he liked the aesthetics of it. The Heinz lineup actually contained more than 60 foods. You can still see the figure on most Heinz foods, but its spot on the classic ketchup bottle is the key. The company said it was the perfect place to beat to get the ketchup out with its top speed of 0.028 miles per hour.

Sounds kosher, although

In the 1920s, the company was the first national brand to have food certified kosher by the Orthodox Union, the leading American agency of its kind. The approval symbol – a U in an O – can still be found on many Heinz products, including ketchup and baked beans. Those containing meat, especially pork products, are an exception.

Marketing juju

Maybe advertising is in the company's DNA. Back to 1893 and the World Fair in Chicago: The company's booth was not close to any of the major attractions, so H.J. Heinz came up with a stunt to entice fairgoers. When it was over, he had given away close to 1 million jam sticks. Seven years later, the company was behind what thought to be the first electronic billboard in New York City – a six-storey pickle where the Flatiron Building is now. Then, in 1987, Heinz aired his now-classic advertisement with a bottle that slowly poured ketchup from the top of a building, giving the bottle positioner enough time to run down and buy a hot dog before eating the spice on his food. The company turned out to be prescient when it comes to finding talent; The star of this TV ad was future "Friends" actor Matt LeBlanc.


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