Coming out of the Depression-era days of the '30s when ketchup thrived as a flavoring for beans and bologna and less-than-choice cuts of meat, Heinz began as a convenient, gourmet sauce.
Total Heinz outlays: $1.8 million
"Heinz takes the lead in giving snacks the zest they need."
Heinz was a big sponsor of radio shows, among them Ozzie and Harriet, and used print ads in farm and women's magazines and in Playbill.
Heinz told consumers nothing tasted quite as fresh as Heinz Ketchup-made from "fresh sun-ripened tomatoes"-and began to refer to the brand in the 1960s as "Red Magic." The company also aimed to drive the brand upscale with a spokescharacter, Mr. Tomato Aristocrat.
Total Heinz: $12 million
Ads touted the brand's preeminence as the thickest and richest, with one featuring a napkin test to prove its thickness vs. the competition.
Heinz Ketchup began to focus its attention more on TV, continuing to do some print.
Competitors Hunt's and Del Monte introduce improved thicker ketchups in response to Heinz, prompting it to further strengthen its positioning as the original thick-and-rich ketchup. Heinz also looked to differentiate with the first plastic ketchup bottles and a new Lite Ketchup.
Heinz hit a historic 50% market share in the category by 1986.
$12 million for the brand
New ads say "Heinz Always Wins" in the thickness contest and use a "Plate Test" to prove it. "Rooftop" featuring Matt LeBlanc receives Cannes Lion.
Almost exclusively network TV, including pioneering use of 15-second spots, with a smattering of magazines. It ties in with several Nascar races.
Heinz unveils a follow-up to its 2000 launch of Heinz EZ Squirt, kid-targeted Silly Squirts. It also continues to tout the health benefits of ketchup following research on the cancer- and heart-disease-fighting properties of lycopene and to push the convenience of Easy Squeeze upside-down bottles.
$123,000 in the first half-all radio
"Heinz is America's Favorite Ketchup." Wall Street analysts joke that Heinz develops TV ads only for investor meetings and never airs them.
Heinz relies heavily on PR and a small bit of radio. It also takes the innovative step of using its ketchup labels as media in its "talking labels" strategy.
Source: H.J. Heinz Co., Ad Age archives, TNS Media Intelligence