SAN ANGELO, TX – The coronavirus pandemic has caused a lot of problems for manufactures in the United States and the newest product to have a shortage is ketchup.
According to Steve Cornell, president of Enhancers for Kraft Heinz, the company cannot keep up with the demand for ketchup.
The Wall Street Journal reported that bottled ketchup sales increased by 15 percent last year which boosted the sales to over $1 billion.
Even though bottled ketchup sales have jumped through the roof, the main problem Heinz ketchup is facing is keeping up with the demand for it's packaged ketchup. Since the rise in take out food due to COVID-19, ketchup packets demand has also skyrocketed.
Restaurants like Long John Sliver's and Texas Roadhouse have had to go to secondary ketchup suppliers. Currently 70 percent of the U.S. ketchup market belongs to Heinz.
Cornell has confirmed that the company has created multiple new production lines that should boost productivity by 25 percent. This will give Heinz the ability to produce 12 billion packets of ketchup a year.