America is facing a ketchup shortage. Say it isn’t so!
Restaurants have greatly increased their takeout orders during the COVID-19 pandemic, which has caused a surge in demand for ketchup packets.
Steve Cornell, president of Enhancers for Kraft Heinz, says the beloved ketchup brand is unable to keep up with the demand.
According to The Wall Street Journal, bottled ketchup sales went up by 15% last year, totaling salves of more than $1 billion.
Some restaurant chains have been forced to go to secondary ketchup suppliers.
The good news is that Cornell says Heinz has upped production by 25%. That should enable Heinz to produce 12 billion packets of ketchup each year.