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Heinz, also H.J. Heinz Company, is a global food company which had total revenues of $9 billion in 2006. It was founded in 1869 as the Anchor Pickle and Vinegar Works by Henry John Heinz in Sharpsburg, Pennsylvania. Besides selling to food retailers, the company also sells to the foodservice industry and the US military. Brands include Heinz ketchup, Lea & Perrins sauces, Ore-Ida frozen potatoes, Boston Market, T.G.I. Friday's, and Weight Watchers foods. [1]

Political contributions

Heinz gave $72,248 to federal candidates in the 05/06 election cycle through its political action committee (PAC) - 37% to Democrats, 63% to Republicans. [2]

Lobbying

The company spent $160,000 for lobbying in 2006. The lobbying was done using three outside lobbying firms, one of which included Blank Rome LLP. [3]

Personnel

Key executives and 2007 pay: [4]          Options
exercised
William R. Johnson, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer    $4,200,000    $3,790,000
Arthur B. Winkleblack, Chief Financial Officer    N/A    N/A
David C. Moran, Chief Exec. Officer of Heinz North America    N/A    N/A
D. Edward I. Smyth, Chief Administrative Officer    $909,000    N/A
Jeffrey P. Berger, Executive Vice President    $1,180,000    $1,270,000

Selected board members: [5]

Contact details

600 Grant Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Phone: 412-456-5700
Fax: 412-456-6128
Web: http://www.heinz.com

References

  1. H. J. Heinz Company, Hoovers, accessed July 2007.
  2. 2006 PAC Summary Data, Open Secrets, accessed July 2007.
  3. Heinz lobbying expenses, Open Secrets, accessed October 2007.
  4. Heinz Key Executives, Yahoo Finance, accessed October 2007.
  5. Heinz, Board of Directors, accessed July 2007.