Canadian Manufacturing

Heinz to ship baby food to Canada

Heinz is contracting a Pittsburgh firm to make baby food for the Canadian market that was once made in Leamington, Ont.



PITTSBURGH—The H.J. Heinz Co. will resume food production in Pittsburgh for the first time since 2002, when the ketchup giant sold its production plant to Del Monte Foods.

Heinz officials say they’re scheduled to begin making jarred baby food. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports the baby food will be shipped to Canada.

The baby food that will be produced in Pittsburgh had been manufactured at a Heinz plant in Leamington, Ont. Heinz closed the Leamington plant in November 2014 and officially sold it in May 2014.

Del Monte several years ago sold the baby food and soup business it acquired from Heinz to TreeHouse Foods, of Oak Brook, Ill., which has continued to make soup at the former Heinz plant on Pittsburgh’s North Side.

Now, Heinz is contracting with Bay Valley Foods—a TreeHouse subsidiary—to make jarred baby food at the plant under the Heinz name.

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