Shortly after reading the following e-mail content, I happened to look at
> the label of a jar of Heinz sandwich slice pickles. Yep..."Made in
> Mexico". Check some of your Heinz products.
> Sen. John Kerry keeps talking about U.S. corporations leaving this country
> and setting up shop in foreign countries, taking thousands of jobs with
> them. He is right, because that has happened. However, he is trying to
> blame it on George W. Bush. As far as I know, Bush has not moved one
> factory out of this country because he is not the owner of a single
> factory. That cannot be said about Kerry and his wife, Teresa Heinz-Kerry.
> According to the Wall Street Journal, the Kerry's own 32 factories in
> Europe and 18 in Asia and the Pacific. In addition, their company, the
> Heinz Company, leases four factories in Europe and four in Asia. Also,
> they own 27 factories in North America, some of which are in Mexico and
> the Caribbean. 80% of Heinz products are made overseas. I wonder how many
> hundreds of American workers lost their jobs when these plants relocated
> in foreign countries? I also wonder if the workers in Mexico and Asia are
> paid the same wages and benefits as workers in the United States? Of
> course they're not. However, Kerry demands that other companies that
> relocate should pay the same benefits they did in the U.S. Why does he not
> demand this of the Heinz Company, since he is married to the owner?
> If Kerry is elected, will he and his wife close all those foreign
> factories and bring all those jobs back to America? Of course they won't.
> They're making millions off that cheap labor.
To be fair, many of the Heinz product lines are for foreign distribution only, with only some availabillity in the U.S.
I know when I was in Scotland last time, I found it interesting all the condiments and the like made by Heinz that I had never seen in the states. It is likely much of their foreign (Europe and Asia) factories are working to make foreign market items.
Judge it how you like, but you should at least be aware of this part of their business as well.
from Heinz.com....I really need to do some actual work today... :D
H. J. Heinz Company Reaffirms Non-Partisan Status; Attests Flagship Ketchup is All-American
Pittsburgh, PA, July 14, 2004 - In light of misleading reports, H.J. Heinz Company (NYSE:HNZ) reiterated today that neither Teresa Heinz Kerry, Senator John Kerry nor any of the Heinz trusts or endowments, either individually or collectively, holds a significant percentage of H.J. Heinz Company shares. Heinz also attests that Heinz® Tomato Ketchup sold in the United States is all-American - made at U.S. facilities in Fremont, Ohio; Muscatine, Iowa; and Stockton, California. (CLICK HERE to see video on the making of America's Favorite Ketchup™.) There is only one exception: an extremely small number of specialty Ketchup packages are filled at its Heinz Canada factory in Leamington, Ontario, north of Detroit (about 35 miles from the border).
"Heinz Ketchup is a non-partisan condiment that simply stands for great taste. It's enjoyed by Republicans, Democrats and Independents," said Debbie Foster, vice president of corporate communications for H.J. Heinz Company. "Heinz has been the favorite of Americans across the political spectrum for 135 years, and we have no intention of engaging in a political food fight now."
H.J. Heinz Company, in accordance with its corporate governance policies, is a non-partisan organization. Neither Teresa Heinz Kerry, Senator John Kerry nor any member of their family is involved in the management or board of the H.J. Heinz Company, the Heinz® Ketchup business or any of the company's other brands or products. Furthermore, there is no connection between any philanthropic programs of H.J. Heinz Company and its Foundation and the Heinz family interests (including the Howard Heinz Endowment, the Vira Heinz Endowment, and the Heinz Family Philanthropies). In 1995 the Heinz Endowments and family trusts sold a large percentage of Heinz shares in a secondary share offering to diversify their holdings. As a result, their current holdings are under 4 percent.
With respect to serving customers worldwide, H.J. Heinz Company maintains a number of overseas facilities that provide products for consumers in those markets. This allows the company to pack the freshest ingredients, tailor its recipes to local tastes and deliver the final products in a timely and efficient manner. Currently, 60% of company sales are outside of the United States.
As befits a global consumer products company with thousands of employees in the United States and around the world, the Heinz Company is non-partisan and politically independent. The Heinz Company PAC, which is funded by voluntary employee donations, has a policy of maintaining good relations with both major political parties, particularly focusing on those candidates whose district or state contains a Heinz facility. Over the past seven years, the Heinz Company PAC has contributed $96,000 to Republican candidates and $54,000 to Democratic candidates, largely reflecting the party affiliation of the candidates representing the states where we have facilities.
The practice of the Heinz Company PAC in the U.S. Presidential election is to support the nominated candidate from both major parties. Accordingly, the PAC donated $5,000 to the Bush campaign and, because the Kerry campaign does not accept PAC contributions, is donating $5,000 to the Democratic National Committee.
Heinz management and employees represent a variety of political perspectives and have personally donated to different causes and candidates on an individual basis. Simply put, the Heinz Company makes quality nutritious foods and is not politically affiliated.