The Heinz factory in Wigan, England, is the largest baked bean factory in the world. The factory was opened in 1959 and currently produces over 3 million cans each day. The beans are shipped from North America and rehydrated once they arrive at the factory. They are blended with a secret mixture of spices and tomato sauce. The ingredients are steamed inside of the can.
Over 2.5 million cans of Heinz Beanz are sold every day in the UK, making it one of the most popular foods in the country.
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Last week, Kraft shut down a 44-year-old factory in Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania, putting more than 400 people out of work. It’s one of the seven facilities accounting for roughly 2,600 jobs that Kraft has pledged to eliminate since July 2015, when it was acquired by Heinz.
“When I started here, this parking lot was full of employees,” former Kraft Heinz employee Denise Mooney told VICE News correspondent Roberto Ferdman. She worked at the factory for more than a decade. “As the years have gone by, and as the months have gone by, it’s gotten smaller and smaller.”
This segment originally aired Nov. 18, 2016, on VICE News Tonight on HBO.
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