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Hundreds of Fake Heinz Ketchup Bottles Discovered in New Jersey

Dover Code Enforcement Department(DOVER, N.J.) -- Hundreds of crates purported to be Heinz ketchup was discovered in a Dover, N.J. warehouse, which officials said may have been repackaged to sell for a profit.

Other tenants who rent the space in a 7,000-square-foot warehouse noticed that bottles of ketchup were exploding.

Heinz said fake ketchup bottles were labeled as Heinz's "Simply Heinz," its premium brand that uses sugar instead of high fructose corn syrup, which is found in its traditional version.

Dover Public Safety Director Richard Rosell told the Star-Ledger newspaper in New Jersey that the ketchup's sugars, mixed with acid from tomatoes and vinegar, had fermented in the heat and exploded.  Tenants noticed the mess, and officials and Heinz were eventually contacted.

Jessica Jackson, a spokeswoman for Heinz North America, said the company "has not discovered any information that leads us to believe that the illegally repackaged product is on the market."

"Based on our preliminary investigation, it appears that the unauthorized operation purchased traditional Heinz ketchup and then repackaged the product illegally," Jackson said in a statement.

"As a company dedicated to food safety and quality, Heinz will not tolerate illegal repackaging of our products and we will prosecute to the fullest extent of the law anyone who engages in such illicit behavior," Jackson said.  "As the world's leading manufacturer of ketchup, Heinz has stringent manufacturing and packaging practices in place to ensure the safety of consumers.  Our quality assurance systems also ensure traceability to the factories where Heinz ketchup is manufactured and packaged."

The space was leased by Wholesome Foods, LLC, who could not be reached for comment.

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Man Sues Heinz Over Ketchup Packets

Edouard H.R. Gluck/Bloomberg via Getty Images(HOUSTON) – A Chicago man has filed a patent infringement complaint against H.J. Heinz Co., alleging that the company’s “Dip & Squeeze” ketchup packet is a ripoff of his invention.

In a lawsuit, first reported by the Wall Street Journal, Scott White says he had a “flash of inspiration” for a package “that would be flexible, allowing customers to choose between dipping finger foods and squeezing condiments on to sandwiches or other foods.”

That package, says the suit, is essentially the same as what Heinz is using. His version, says his complaint, is called the “CondiCup.” The suit was filed in August in federal court in Chicago.

Heinz rejects White’s claims.

“Heinz won a similar lawsuit earlier this summer,” Michael Mullen, vice president of corporate and government affairs at Heinz, wrote in a statement to ABC News. “This is another frivolous lawsuit and we will aggressively defend our position and demonstrate that the allegations are groundless and without merit.”

“As a leader in proprietary packaging innovation for more than a century, Heinz worked for years to develop its patented dual-function Dip & Squeeze package,” he said.

White’s suit says that in 2006, he emailed an executive at Heinz after learning about packaging problems the company was having.  According to the suit, White “instantly recognized an opportunity to market his invention to a potential client in need of a new condiment container.”

White’s suit says he shared the CondiCup idea with Heinz, but instead of dealing fairly with him, Heinz cut him out. “The behemoth international company could not be bothered to contract with a start-up American small business,” says the lawsuit.

Heinz, widely known for its ketchup, relish and other condiments, spent three years working on its “Dip & Squeeze” packets, according to the Journal.

Scott White’s attorney declined to put ABC News in touch with him.

“We would not have filed the action if we believed Mr. White’s claims lacked merit and/or that his patent was not valid,” wrote John A. Leja, an attorney for White, in a statement to ABC News.

“The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has already weighed in on this and issued the patent to Mr. White.  That is significant. We seek to enforce it against those who are infringing.  We believe Heinz to be infringing. ”

White is seeking a trial by jury and reasonable compensation for patent infringement.

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Researcher Solves Ketchup Bottle Frustrations 

Doug Menuez/Thinkstock(BOSTON) -- The days of tirelessly smacking the ketchup bottle, only to have it explode on your plate, are finally over. Dave Smith, a Ph.D. candidate at MIT, has spent the last two months at the Varanasi Research Group developing a slippery non-toxic coating that will end all of your ketchup frustrations.

The coating, named LiquiGlide, keeps condiments like mayo or mustard from sticking to the inside of the container, so that they smoothly slide onto your plate.

LiquiGlide is a “kind of a structured liquid — it’s rigid like a solid, but it’s lubricated like a liquid,” Smith told Fast Company.

“It’s funny: Everyone is always like, ‘Why bottles? What’s the big deal?’ But then you tell them the market for bottles — just the sauces alone is a $17 billion market,” he said, “And if all those bottles had our coating, we estimate that we could save about one million tons of food from being thrown out every year.”

The LiquiGlide group came in second at MIT’s $100k Entrepreneurship Competition.

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New Heinz Ketchup Won't Hit Store Shelves Until December

Edouard H.R. Gluck/Bloomberg via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Move over Grey Poupon.  Your counterpart in the condiment market is getting a flavor upgrade, one aimed at competing for customers with a more sophisticated palette.

Heinz will next month debut a new variety of its signature Heinz Tomato Ketchup, created with balsamic vinegar instead of the traditional white vinegar, The New York Times reports.

The company says ketchup fans will now be able to “experience the richer, more sophisticated side of America’s Favorite Ketchup.”

Instead of slopping it on your burger at a backyard barbecue, Heinz recommends customers pair the new “Heinz Tomato Ketchup Blended with Balsamic Vinegar” with a “Haute Dog,” “Hamburgeur” or “French Frites.”

Adding to the exclusivity of the new option, customers who want to give the balsamic version a try when it’s released on Nov. 14 won’t be able to just pick it up at their local supermarket.  The balsamic variety will be made available only to friends of the brand’s Facebook page until late December, when it’s released to stores.

Trying the new ketchup -- sold only in the 14-ounce glass Heinz bottles now seen only in restaurants -- will not be cheap.  The balsamic blend will carry a price of $2.49, compared with $1.89 for the original bottle of the same size.  And tack on an additional $2 shipping charge if you can’t wait until December and order it through Facebook instead.

As a “limited edition” item, the ketchup will only stay on U.S. supermarket shelves through March, when the Pittsburgh-based H.J. Heinz will decide whether to make it permanent.

The new flavor is the first major change to Heinz’s signature ketchup recipe since 2000, when Heinz offered ketchup in colors besides its traditional red to appeal to kids.  That effort, which featured ketchup in colors such as green and purple, was discontinued in 2003.

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Heinz Debuts New Ketchup Packets

Heinz(NEW YORK) -- A much larger Heinz ketchup packet is starting to show up in restaurants across the country. The container, shaped like a traditional Heinz bottle with a peel-back lid, holds three times more ketchup than the previous H.J. Heinz Co. squeeze packets.

The company’s ‘Dip & Squeeze’ design is also true to its name, giving ketchup lovers the option of dunking their french fries instead of trying to squeeze it out, which can be a messy way to eat — especially while on-the-go.

The new packets, which were first announced in 2010, started showing up in Chick-fil-A and international Dairy Queen restaurants earlier this year, and will soon appear in Wendy’s restaurants.  

The Dip & Squeeze marks the first Heinz Ketchup packet redesign in 42 years, spurred by consumer feedback about the inconvenience of Heinz’s traditional rectangular squeeze pouches.

“We conducted extensive testing to determine that the average consumer uses about three of the traditional Ketchup packets, which led us to determine the size of the new Dip & Squeeze package,” Heinz spokeswoman Jessica Jackson wrote in an email to ABC News. “We are continuing to work with our customers to test the new package, and have been pleased with consumer excitement that is has created.”

The company started developing the Dip & Squeeze in 2008, Jackson said.

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Heinz to Use Coca-Cola "PlantBottle" for Ketchup

Photo Courtesy - Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(BOCA RATON, Fla.) -- H.J. Heinz Co. announced plans to use more environmentally-friendly bottles Wednesday.

Heinz will start using Coca-Cola's trademarked "PlantBottle" system, which requires less petroleum. It plans to produce 120 million ketchup bottles with the new system, thereby altering a fifth of Heinz's global products.  

The eco-conscious PlantBottles are made with sugarcane ethanol grown in Brazil. Coca-Cola and Heinz intend to diversify the technology over the coming years.

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