“To improve the quality of a food product on the shelf, you must first improve the quality of the produce in the ground.” – Henry J. Heinz
But that’s just the beginning. When it comes to protecting our planet, we consider everything – from the way we look after our soil, to the processes we use to produce food, to the packaging we use.
Here’s how we’re prioritising sustainability while delivering the unmistakable taste of Heinz.
It all starts with the ingredients. Because we aim to use top-quality ingredients packed with flavour, we don’t have to add lots of extras to make our products taste great. One example: we’ve been adding less sugar, salt and fat to several of our most popular products since 1985 such as No Added Sugar & Salt Ketchup. But we aren’t done yet.
In 2020, we refreshed our global nutritional targets to limit the amount of salt, sugar and saturated fat in our food. We’re also adding to our plant and veggie based products, such as with the recent launch of Beanz Burgerz and our Vegan Sauces. Our goal is to make it easier for everyone to lead a healthy life and without giving up an ounce of flavour.
75% of our products comply with the global nutritional targets we set in 2020.
We’re aiming for 85% of our products to comply with our global nutritional targets by 2025.
If we want to continue using the very best ingredients in the future, we need to take care of them – and the places they come from – today.
Take the delicious Heinz tomatoes that go into our famous ketchup for example. We pay close attention to the health of our soil, the seed varieties we select, and the amount of water we use throughout the growing season. Every detail matters. Because that’s how we protect our farms and our planet for the future.
We follow sustainable agriculture practices to grow the tomatoes for our ketchup. This includes irrigation systems that reduce the amount of water we use, and saving tomato stems to make feed, compost and fertiliser.
In 2020, we were using 100% free-range eggs
We’re targeting 100% sustainable ketchup tomatoes by 2025.
Good taste should come with less waste. We’re transforming our packaging to minimise what’s thrown away whenever you choose Heinz.
We’ve already said goodbye to multipack plastic in the UK.
Using recyclable cans, plastic bottles, glass bottles, and glass jars.
Recyclable caps to our mayo, salad cream and tomato ketchup upright squeezy bottles.
We wish for 100% of our packaging to be recyclable, reusable or compostable by 2025.
Recyclable caps on more products by 2022.
To grow, cook, and package good food, you need water and energy. We’re doing more to use less of both.
For example, we divert and reuse ‘waste’ heat in our factories so less energy is used overall. And we locate our factories as close to our farms as possible, to reduce the need for long-distance transportation.
Plus, we’re improving the way we separate and handle waste at our sites, to stop things from going to landfill needlessly.
In 2023 we were certified landfill free at our key site producing Heinz Ketchup for the UK.
We aim to have zero greenhouse gasses by 2050.
We’re aiming for a majority of renewable electricity by 2025.
We want to reduce our water and energy consumption by 15% by 2025.
Sustainability isn’t only about what we do for the planet – it’s about what we do to support the people who live here. We put our communities at the heart of everything we do, and provide free healthy and nutritious meals where they’re needed most.
We’re proud to partner with Magic Breakfast, helping to make sure vulnerable children always have a nutritious start.
In 2020, we pledged over 12 million portions of our No Added Sugar Beanz, which are naturally high in protein and fibre to help fuel children for a better day.
Globally, we’ve provided more than 1.1 billion meals to those in need from 2016.
We’re aiming to provide 1.5 billion meals to people in need around the world by 2025.