Iowa is proud to play an integral role in producing the world’s ultimate french fry dipping sauce – ketchup!
H.J. Heinz Co. produces 48 different recipes at one of its largest facilities located in Muscatine, Iowa. Nearly 20 million bottles of ketchup, mustard, steak sauce, gravy and other condiments, as well as four billion single-serve ketchup packets are produced annually in the small Mississippi river town.
The Muscatine plant, established in 1893 and the oldest Heinz facility, originally processed sauerkraut, horseradish and pickles. Today, it is one of the food processing industry’s most modern facilities. The company announced last November an investment of $24.5 million to expand its 830,000 square foot facility and to install technologically advanced equipment. The project will allow Heinz to acquire production of ketchup, gravy and other food products previously manufactured in facilities in Ohio, New Jersey and Ontario. The expansion will add 106 jobs, boosting employment in Muscatine to more than 420 employees.
The Muscatine expansion is supported by the Iowa Economic Development Authority’s High Quality Jobs Program and benefits from incentives offered by the city of Muscatine.