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Heinz Plans 25% Production Increase Amid Ketchup Packet Shortage

By: KDKA-TV News Staff

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) -- First it was toilet paper. Now we have a new shortage on our hands, and it's something near and dear to us here in Pittsburgh -- it's ketchup.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Heinz Ketchup has had trouble keeping up with the swinging demands in the food industry.

Last year, retail ketchup sales were up 15% while people were stuck at home.

Single-use packet increase was also up because of drive-thru use and take-out orders.

That demand is still high as restaurants reopen because bottles aren't being placed on tables as a way to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Heinz plans to increase its packet production by 25% to help keep up with the demand.

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