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Kraft Heinz Canada, Highbury Canco extend Leamington facility agreement

Production deal now in place until the end of 2027
Jillian Morgan, female, digital editor for Canadian Grocer
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Deal marks the third consecutive extension of the longstanding partnership between the two companies.

Kraft Heinz Canada and Highbury Canco are extending their production deal in Leamington, Ont. for another four years.

The renewed agreement is in place until the end of 2027.

This marks the third consecutive extension of the longstanding partnership between the two companies. 

Highbury Canco employs more than 600 Canadians at its 2.1 million square-foot facility in Leamington, where it produces Kraft Heinz Canada products like Heinz beans, Heinz tomato juice and Classico pasta sauce. 

“We’re proud to extend our agreement with Highbury Canco and look forward to continuing to have Kraft Heinz Canada products produced by the talented and hard-working employees at its Leamington facility for another four years,” said Simon Laroche, president, Kraft Heinz Canada, in a release. “We’ve built strong local partnerships across Canada, our second largest market globally, for over 100 years and this new deal signals our continued commitment to being a strong partner to Canadian communities.”

Kraft Heinz Canada continues to be Highbury Canco’s largest partner in Canada. Highbury Canco’s Leamington facility exclusively produces the tomato paste that is used in all the Heinz Ketchup made at Kraft Heinz’s Mont Royal facility in Montreal.

“Extending our partnership with Kraft Heinz Canada for another four years provides significant stability for our facility, and for our workforce,” said Sam Diab, CEO at Highbury Canco. “This is a mutually beneficial alliance that is of great significance to the Leamington community, and for all the Canadians that can continue to enjoy Kraft Heinz Canada products being produced at facilities such as ours.”

The estimated retail value of Kraft Heinz Canada products that will be produced at Highbury Canco’s Leamington facility over the next four years exceeds $1 billion.

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