Kraft Heinz has announced it will return to making ketchup in Canada by late summer 2021 at an existing Kraft facility in Quebec.
The project is a joint investment between Kraft Heinz Canada and the Government of Quebec’s business expansion program.
Located near Montreal, updates to the Mont Royal facility are expected to allow for production of 100 million pounds of Heinz ketchup in the first two years as production ramps up.
For the time being, the company will import raw product from California, the company says.
The facility employs about 750 people, and the addition of the ketchup processing will add 30 jobs.
The total upgrade is expected to cost $17 million, with Quebec chipping in $2 million towards the project.
“Kraft Heinz Canada is pleased to partner with the Quebec Government on this investment in bringing ketchup production back to Canada from the U.S.,” says Bruno Keller, president, Kraft Heinz Canada. “Through our partnership with Quebec and increased efficiencies at our Mont Royal facility, it became possible to return this iconic product back to Canada for Canadians at this time.”
Heinz ceased operating its tomato processing facility in Leamington, Ont., almost exactly seven years ago. The move spawned a market run-up in French’s competing ketchup, as that company continued to process in Canada.