Red alert as US faces ketchup packet shortage

Washington (AFP) – Americans may soon have to forgo ketchup on their fries and burgers, with manufacturers struggling to keep up with demand for single-use packets as restaurants heavily turn to take-out service during the pandemic.  Heinz, whose iconic tomato condiment remains the most widely sold, faced a “surge in demand for ketchup packets driven by the accelerated delivery and take-out trends,” Kraft Heinz president Steve Cornell told AFP, confirming a report in the Wall Street Journal.  The individual packets, which often accompany delivery orders, over the last year have effectively rep…

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