H.J. Heinz Company
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• Heinz produces a wide range of processed foods, including branded food items, and is a staple in the international food market.
• Heinz is doing some positive things including promoting health and nutrition through its company grant foundation, and ending the use of genetically modified ingredients in its US baby food products.
• Heinz is challenging a California lawsuit requiring labeling of a carcinogenic substance in some of its food products.
• Heinz maintains a double standard for the use of genetically engineered foods: the company has already taken steps to remove GMOs from its products sold in the European Union but not in the United States.
• Visit Go Green to find options to help you avoid genetically modified products and support your local economy.
-- Profile Updated 07/01/2010
About H.J. Heinz Company
Heinz produces a wide range of processed foods including branded food items for companies like Boston Market, Weight Watchers, and T.G.I. Friday's. Based in Pittsburgh, the company employs 33,000 people. In fiscal 2007, Heinz reported sales of $9 billion. The Heinz Company also owns about 17 percent of Hain Celestial Group, manufacturer of Celestial Seasonings, Westbrae Natural, Arrowhead Mills, Westsoy, Walnut Acres and other natural food products.
Alimentos Heinz C.A. - Caracas, Venezuela
- BestFriend Pet Foods Limited - Auckland, New Zealand
- Cairo Foods Industries SAE - Cairo, Egypt
Cairo Foods Industries SAE - Cairo, Egypt
- Chegutu Canners (Pvt) Ltd. - Chegutu, Zimbabwe
- Copais Food & Beverage Company S.A. - Athens, Greece
- Escalon Premier Brands - Escalon, CA
- H.J. Heinz (Botswana) Pty. Ltd. - Gaborone, Botswana
- H.J. Heinz Central Europe S.A. - Brussels, Belgium
- H.J. Heinz Co. of Canada Ltd. - North York, Canada
- H.J. Heinz Company (Ireland) - Blackrock, Ireland
- H.J. Heinz Company Australia Ltd. - Melbourne, Australia
- H.J. Heinz Company, Limited - Hayes, United Kingdom
- H.J. Heinz Foodservice - Hayes, United Kingdom
- H.J. Heinz Frozen & Chilled Foods Limited - Grimsby, United Kingdom
- H.J. Heinz GmbH - Dusseldorf, Germany
- Hak B.V. - Giessen, Netherlands
- Heinz Frozen Food Company - Pittsburgh, PA
- Heinz Iberica, S.A. - Madrid, Spain
- Heinz North America - Pittsburgh, PA
- Heinz Polska Sp. - Dzierzoniow, Poland
- Heinz Win Chance Ltd. - Samut Prakan, Thailand
- Heinz-UFE Ltd. - Guangzhou, China
- Heinz-Wattie's Australasia - Auckland, New Zealand
- Honig Merkartikelen B.V. - Koog aan de Zaan, Netherlands
- IDAL (Industrias de Alimentacao, Lda.) - Benavente, Portugal
- IDAL (Industrias de Alimentacao, Lda.) - Lisbon, Portugal
- International Diverse Foods - Nashville, TN
- J. Wattie Foods - Ellerslie, New Zealand
- John West Foods Ltd. - Liverpool, United Kingdom
- Kgalagadi Soap Industries (Pty) Ltd. - Gaborone, Botswana
- Koninklijke De Ruijter BV - Baarn, Netherlands
- Marie Elisabeth Produtos Alimentares S.A. - Matosinhos, Portugal
- Olivine Industries (Private) Limited - Harare, Zimbabwe
- Paulet S.A. - Douarnenez, France
- Portion Pac - Mason, OH
- Portion Pac - Stone Mountain, GA
- Quality Chef Foods Inc. - Cedar Rapids, IA
- Refined Oil Products (Pty.) Ltd. - Gaborone, Botswana
- Seoul-Heinz Ltd. - Inch'on, Korea (South)
- Tegel Foods Limited - Newmarket, New Zealand
- Todds - Irvine, CA
- Todds - Phoenix, AZ
- Wattie Frozen Foods Limited - Auckland, New Zealand
Contact H.J. Heinz Company
H.J. Heinz Company
Pittsburgh, PA 15219-2857 USA
Ethics and Governance
Heinz received a score of 48 on the 2008 Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index (CEI), which rates large corporations on policies that affect their gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender employees, consumers and investors. The CEI rates companies on a scale of 0 to 100 percent. Heinz had improved from a score of 15 in the previous study.
-- Human Rights Campaign, 09/17/2007
Source URL: www.hrc.org/issues/ceihome.asp
In 2006 William R. Johnson, CEO and President, made $6,863,818 in total compensation including stock option grants from Heinz. This is equivalent to earning $131,996 per week.
-- AFL-CIO, 04/05/2006
According to the Social Investment Research Analyst Network (SIRAN), ten years after the Federal Glass Ceiling Commission recommended disclosure of diversity data as a way to remove barriers and promote women and minority advancement, most US companies still fail to fully disclose Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) data to the public. Heinz is listed as one of the companies that does not provide full public disclosure. The company only provides full disclosure upon request.
-- Social Investment Research Analyst Network (SIRAN), 12/07/2005
Source URL: www.siran.org/eeo1.php
Heinz was part of the Coalition Against the Costly Labeling Law, a group of companies that worked against Oregon’s Measure 27, which would have required the labeling of genetically modified products sold in that state. Heinz donated over $38,400 to defeat the measure.
-- Statesman Journal, 10/22/2002
Source URL: none available
In 2001 the International Baby Food Action Network (IBFAN) reported that Heinz was one of 16 companies violating the provisions of the International Code which prohibits all direct and indirect promotion of baby foods. Its report, Breaking the Rules 2001, is based on a survey of company compliance with the International Code that was conducted by IBFAN groups in 14 countries - the United States, Canada, Russia, Malaysia, Ghana, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Italy, Côte d'Ivoire, Bolivia, Uruguay, Mexico, Togo, and the United Arab Emirates. In order to increase profits, the companies seek to undermine exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months by promoting many products for use by three or four months. The Code and numerous nutrition experts worldwide recommend that alternate foods should be given only after six months.
-- International Baby Food Action Network, 05/15/2001
Health and Safety
In August 2005 California Attorney General Bill Lockyer filed suit against nine producers of potato chips and french fries concerning the presence of toxins in some of their popular foods. Lockyer is seeking a court order requiring the companies to warn consumers that some of their food products contain acrylamide, a chemical identified by the state as a human carcinogen. Plaintiffs in the case include McDonald's, Burger King, KFC, Frito Lay, H.J. Heinz, Proctor & Gamble, and Wendy's. Acrylamide is a byproduct created through the reaction of starchy foods to high heat, and cooked potato products contain higher levels of acrylamide than other foods. Plaintiffs in the case include McDonald's, Burger King, KFC, Frito Lay, H.J. Heinz, Proctor & Gamble, and Wendy's. In April 2007, KFC agreed to display the warning and pay $341,000 in civil penalties. As of July 2007, Heinz's case is still pending.
-- CorpWatch, 04/25/2007
Source URL: www.corpwatch.org/article.php?id=14468
According to the BBC, Heinz uses Bisphenol A to line its canned food and drink products. Bisphenol A is classified by the European Chemicals Bureau as a "reproductive toxicant". In animal tests, the chemical provoked early puberty in female rats, suggesting it may disrupt hormone balance.
-- 100% Recycled Paperboard Alliance, 08/01/2002
Source URL: news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/2165869.stm
H.J. Heinz was among the list of major companies choosing to remove genetically engineered (GE) ingredients in its products destined for the European market, but not in the U.S. Heinz decided to drop all genetically engineered ingredients from its US baby food products, but not its other products. The company does not offer GE-free ketchup.
-- New York Times, 06/03/2000
Source URL: www.biotech-info.net/quandry.html
According to a report from Friends of the Earth titled "Greasy Palms- palm oil, the environment, and big business," Heinz uses palm oil in some of its soup products. The creation of oil palm plantations in the tropics is one of the driving forces in the destruction of the rainforest. In Indonesia, palm oil companies have stolen lands belonging to indigenous people, and plantation workers are often paid below the minimum wage.
-- Friends of the Earth, 10/20/2005