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Birth of Henry John Heinz

Posted in Anniversary on Thursday, 30 September 2010

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11 October marks the anniversary of the birth of Henry John Heinz, the American food-products magnate. Born in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, Heinz was one of eight children born of immigrant German parents. His interest in helping his mother with her vegetable patch developed into a business by the age of nine, selling horseradish sauce and vegetables.

The Heinz company, founded in 1876, became famous for its “57 varieties”, a number chosen at random in 1896 by Heinz – the company marketed many more than 57 varieties of product by then.

The company’s founder died in 1919.

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