TIL that Henry James Heinz first got involved in packaging foodstuffs by founding a company that sold bottled horseradish, sauerkraut, vinegar, and pickles in 1869. It went bankrupt in 1875 and the company we know today was founded a year afterwards. It was named the H. J. Heinz company in 1888

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  1. They make the best ketchup. I remember when I was a kid and I’d eat dinner at a friend’s house and they put out a bottle of Hunt’s.

    “No thank you. I don’t really like ketchup.” 😕

  2. And the 57 varieties thing is just a slogan with no real meaning, and a few origin stories.

    According to some sources his lucky number was 5 and his wife’s lucky number was 7; another said he felt the number has some sort of psychological appeal; and another that liked the way the numbers 5 and 7 fit together typographically.

    In any event, the company sold more than 57 products even when the slogan was introduced.

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