About This Company
Henry J. Heinz and L. Clarence Noble launch Heinz & Noble, thus laying the
groundwork for today's global company. The first product is Henry's mother's
"pure and superior" grated horseradish, bottled in clear glass to show its
Ketchup is added to the company's condiment line, which also includes celery
sauce, pickled cucumbers, sauerkraut and vinegar.
Heinz introduces the pickle pin at the Chicago World's Fair, known as The
Columbian Exposition. It becomes one of the most popular promotional pieces
in the history of American business.
Henry Heinz turns more than 60 products into "57 Varieties." The magic
number becomes world-renowned and now is virtually synonymous with the H.J.
Howard Heinz, Henry's son, fights the Great Depression by adding two new
lines: ready-to-serve 'quality' soups and baby foods. They become top
H.J. "Jack" Heinz II, grandson of the Founder, takes the company public, and
launches post-war operations in Holland, Venezuela, Japan and Italy.
Heinz acquires StarKist and "Charlie the Tuna" becomes a national media
Heinz acquires Ore-Ida and transforms a regional business into the leading
retail frozen potato brand in the U.S.
R. Burt Gookin, architect of the modern Heinz, is the first non-Heinz family
member named CEO.
Heinz acquires Weight Watchers International, now the largest weight-loss
program in the U.S.
Anthony J.F. "Tony" O'Reilly, 43, is named CEO. He ushers in an era of
global growth, expanding into Africa, China, Eastern Europe and the Pacific
Chairman Henry J. Heinz II, in the 56th year of service to Heinz, dies at
the age of 78. O'Reilly is the first non-Heinz family member named Chairman,
President and CEO.
William R. Johnson, 49, is named President and CEO. He is the sixth Chief
Executive Officer in the history of Heinz.
Heinz sells U.S. StarKist® seafood, North American pet foods and pet snacks,
U.S. private label soup, College Inn® broth, and U.S. baby food businesses
to Del Monte Foods Company in an all-stock transaction.