The H.J. HEINZ
Company began a
tomato breeding program in 1936 at Bowling Green, Ohio, to improve yield
and disease resistance. The program has been continuous since that time
and has focused mainly on processing tomatoes adapted to the many
countries where Heinz processes tomatoes.
The commercial success of Heinz hybrids propelled Heinz into the industry
seed trade in 1992. Heinz hybrids had established a reputation with
growers for reliable high tonnage, firmness and high color with high
This reputation was confirmed by the industry, and by 1995, HeinzSeed had
become the market share leader for processing tomato seed in North
America. HeinzSeed also has major markets in South America and the Mediterranean region.
HeinzSeed benefits from a strong applied breeding program with breeding
Superior hybrids are created by classical
breeding techniques and intense selection in many environments.
hybrids are NOT genetically engineered, transgenic or genetically modified organisms
To determine broad adaptability to
various climates, cultures and soils for successful crop production, field
trials of new experimental hybrids are conducted by HeinzSeed in:
Research "kitchen" and
"pilot shop" tests are conducted for the following products:
Whole pack (pear)
Whole pack (oval)
True to its Heinz history, HeinzSeed offers more than 57 varieties of Heinz
branded tomato seed.
To learn more about HeinzSeed hybrids,
go to Brands.