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America is facing a ketchup shortage

April 8, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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A bottle of Heinz Kraft Co. Heinz brand Tomato Ketchup is arranged for a photograph in Dobbs Ferry, New York, U.S., on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019. Kraft Heinz Co. is releasing earnings figures on February 21. Photographer: Tiffany Hagler-Geard/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Ketchup shortages started popping up around the country last summer, and the plot has thickened.

(CNN Business)When the doors open at the Blake Street Tavern every day, owner Chris Fuselier is looking for customers and looking for ketchup.

But since then, Fuselier has descended deeper and deeper into the mad search for ketchup for his customers.

Ketchup shortages started popping up around the country last summer, and the plot has thickened.

So those traditional restaurants jumped into direct competition with fast food places, which had also shut down their dining rooms and upped their orders for ketchup packets.

Just days ago, the company announced "a 25% increase in production, totaling 12 billion ketchup packets. . . a year. "

"We made strategic manufacturing investments at the start of the pandemic to keep up with the surge in demand for ketchup packets driven by the accelerated delivery and take-out trends; at the same time, we also fast-tracked future-focused culinary and packaging innovations, as well as further manufacturing expansion plans," said Steve Cornell, president of Kraft Heinz's enhancers, specialty and away from home business unit.

That's a long way of saying that the ketchup giant does not want anyone coming up empty when reaching for a little flavor as the pandemic fades.

He is committed to keeping up with the ketchup demand, by stocking as much as he can.

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