The H. J. Heinz Company is an American food processing company headquartered at One PPG Place in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The company was founded by Henry John Heinz (1844-1919) in 1869. Henry Heinz was the son of a German immigrant father, John Henry, who was born Johann Heinrich Heinz to parents Johann Georg and Charlotte Louisa (née Trump) Heinz in Kallstadt in the Kingdom of Bavaria.

Henry John Heinz began packing foodstuffs on a small scale at Sharpsburg, Pennsylvania, in 1869. There, he founded Heinz Noble & Company with a friend, L. Clarence Noble, and started marketing bottled horseradish, soon followed by sauerkraut, vinegar, and pickles. The company went bankrupt in 1875. The following year, Heinz founded another company, F & J Heinz, with his brother John Heinz and a cousin, Frederick Heinz.

Heinz manufactures thousands of food products in plants on six continents, and markets these products in more than 200 countries and territories. On March 25, 2015, Kraft announced its merger with Heinz, arranged by Berkshire Hathaway and 3G Capital, which was completed on July 2, 2015. The resulting Kraft Heinz Company is the fifth largest food company in the world. Today the company has headquarters in Chicago, IL and in Pittsburgh, PA.

The photo shows the old Heinz Building in Pittsburgh.


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