With the imposition of tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum and the U.S. President’s derogatory comments about Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau after the G7 summit, there have been growing calls for Canadians to buy local.
On July 1, Prime Minister Trudeau’s government retaliated against the U.S. President’s tariffs by adding tariffs of our own on select U.S. goods. The government was careful to impose tariffs on a limited number of goods for which Canadian-made substitutes can be easily found. Take ketchup for example.
If you must eat ketchup, and Canadians consume more per capita than any other nation (3.1 kg per person per year – yikes!), it might be more patriotic to look for Primo, French’s, or President’s Choice brand ketchup next time you are looking for Canada’s favourite condiment.
Heinz put 700 Canadian workers out of work in 2014 when it closed it’s plant Leamington, Ontario. Heinz Ketchup is no longer made in Canada.
Primo, known primarily for its pasta sauces, launched an all-Canadian ketchup in 2016. The brand is owned by Ruthen, Ontario-based Sun-Brite Foods. The tomatoes are sourced from the old Heinz plant in Leamington, and the ketchup is produced and packed at Sun-Brite’s own plant in nearby Ruthven. Unfortunately, it’s a little harder to find in some areas of the country.
Buying French’s brand ketchup is not perfectly Canadian. It’s owned by McCormick & Co., a Maryland-based spice and food company. But it’s ketchup is bottled in Canada using Canadian grown tomatoes.
President’s Choice Ketchup is available at Lowlaws stores, and also uses Canadian tomatoes.
Here’s the American view of the tariff battle the U.S. President started: