Heinz ketchup is now in short supply. Restaurants struggle to shift from bottles to packets for takeout

With more people ordering takeout food during the pandemic, demand is up for ketchup packets, but Heinz is struggling to produce enough supplies. Photo by Pixabay.

At the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, lots of people were panic buying toilet paper. And grocery stores couldn’t keep up with demand for bread, paper towels, and hand sanitizer.

That’s over, but now it seems like the nation is running low on Heinz ketchup. Restaurants can’t have condiment bottles on the table anymore because the Centers for Disease Control nixed that. And more takeout means a big demand for those little packets. Well, Heinz was not prepared for that.  

Credits

Guest:
Annie Gasparro - food retail reporter for the Wall Street Journal

Host:
Madeleine Brand

Producers:
Sarah Sweeney, Angie Perrin, Michell Eloy, Amy Ta, Rosalie Atkinson, Brian Hardzinski, Bennett Purser