Do you like ketchup with your mac and cheese? H.J. Heinz and Kraft sure appear to. This morning, processed food powerhouse Kraft Foods and ketchup kingpin H.J. Heinz announced a merger that will create the nation’s 5th largest food company. The post-merger company would sell $28 billion worth of food annually and control eight brands with sales over $1 billion and five more brands with sales between $500 million and $1 billion.
There is really only one answer. Buy as few processed products as possible, and learn to find satisfaction in creating your own healthy and flavor filled foods. No, I don’t make my own ketchup or mustard - but I don’t use large quantities in recipes either - when cooking the spices - tomato, onion, peppers etc, are just as easy to work with and produce a better product. Can’t help it - I grew up on Heinz Ketchup - but another alternative is to buy store brands - everything from your baked beans or mac and cheese - to crackers and canned vegetables. News flash - these are produced on the same lines as the “national brands”, subject to the same quality standards, usually significantly cheaper, and I know of no one who saves the empty cans to show they bought the most expensive labels.