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Heinz and Outsourcing

October 29 2004 14:54 (+ 10 - 7 )

I'm sure you've heard it all before. Kerry is against outsourcing and his wife is part of a company that outsources. Such hypocrisy! Well, here's the thing...

Teresa has interest in the Heinz company. Heinz has 66 plants in foreign countries (under these 57 names, how ironic), maybe more that I missed:


> HEINZ JAPAN LTD - Tokyo, Japan
> HEINZ-UFE LTD. - Guangzhou, People's Republic of China
> HEINZ COSCO - Qingdao, People's Republic of China
> HEINZ KOREA LTD. - Inchon, South Korea
> HEINZ WIN CHANCE LTD. - Bangkok, Thailand
> HEINZ INDIA PRIVATE LIMITED - Mumbai, India
> PT HEINZ ABC INDONESIA - Jakarta, Indonesia
> PT HEINZ SUPRAMA - Surabaya, Indonesia
> HEINZ UFC PHILIPPINES - Manila, the Philippines
> HEINZ HONG KONG LIMITED - Wanchai, Hong Kong
> H. J. HEINZ (Botswana) (Proprietary) LTD. - Gaborone, Botswana
> KGALAGADI SOAP INDUSTRIES (Pty) LTD. - Gaborone, Botswana
> REFINED OIL PRODUCTS (Pty) LTD. - Gaborone, Botswana
> OLIVINE INDUSTRIES (Private) LIMITED - Harare, Zimbabwe
> CHEGUTU CANNERS (Pvt) LTD. - Chegutu, Zimbabwe
> HEINZ SOUTH AFRICA (PTY) LTD. - Johannesburg, South Africa
> HEINZ WELLINGTON'S (PTY) LTD. - Wellington, South Africa
> HEINZ EUROPE - Hayes, Middlesex, England
> H. J. HEINZ COMPANY LIMITED - Hayes Park, Hayes, Middlesex, England
> H. J. HEINZ COMPANY LIMITED - Rovereto, Italy
> H. J. HEINZ COMPANY LIMITED - Telford, England
> JOHN WEST FOODS LIMITED - Liverpool, England
> H. J. HEINZ FROZEN & CHILLED FOODS LIMITED - Hayes, Middlesex, England
> H. J. HEINZ COMPANY (IRELAND) LIMITED - Dublin, Ireland
> H.J. HEINZ COMPANY OF CANADA LTD - North York, Ontario, Canada
> OMSTEAD FOODS LIMITED - Wheatley, Ontario, Canada
> ALIMENTOS HEINZ C.A. - Caracas, Venezuela
> DISTRIBUIDORA BANQUETE, S.A. - San Jose, Costa Rica
> HEINZ ITALIA S.R.L. - Milan, Italy
> FATTORIA SCALDASOLE, S.P.A. - Monguzzo, Italy
> COPAIS FOOD AND BEVERAGE COMPANY, S.A. - Athens, Greece
> HEINZ POLSKA SP. Z.O.O. - Warsaw, Poland
> PUDLISZKI S.A. - Pudliszki, Poland
> WODZISLAW, S.A. - Wodzislaw, Poland
> ETS. PAULET S.A. - Douarnenez, France
> H. J. HEINZ FROZEN S.A.R.L. - Paris, France
> HEINZ IBERICA S.A. - Madrid, Spain
> IDAL - Lisbon, Portugal
> MIEDZYCHOD S.A. - Miedzychod, Poland
> HEINZ C.I.S. - Moscow, Russia
> HEINZ GEORGIEVSK - Georgievsk, Russia
> CAIRO FOOD INDUSTRIES SAE - Cairo, Egypt
> HEINZ REMEDIA LIMITED - Tel Aviv, Israel
> STAR-KIST FOOD D'OR LIMITED - Haifa, Israel
> H. J. HEINZ GMBH - Düsseldorf, Germany
> SONNEN BASSERMANN - Seesen, Germany
> KONINKLIJKE DE RUIJTER BV - The Netherlands
> HAK BV - The Netherlands
> FOODMARK - The Netherlands
> HONIG MERKARTIKELEN BV - The Netherlands
> DRUKKERIJ DE GROENBOER - The Netherlands
> H. J. HEINZ B.V . - Elst, The Netherlands
> H. J. HEINZ BELGIUM S.A. - Brussels, Belgium
> SERV-A-PORTION - Turnhout, Belgium
> ARIMPEX INDUSTRIE ALIMENTAR S.R.L. - Roverto, Italy
> COMEXO S.A. - Chateaurenard, France
> HEINZ EUROPE - UK and IRELAND - Factories: Chorley, Fakenham, Grimsby, Kendal, Kitt Green, Leaminton, Luton, Okehampton, Telford, Westwick

But the defense to this is that neither Teresa or John sit on the board of Heinz and only own 4% of Heinz stock. And, anything that 4% earns is donated to charity. And, that charity is usually used to support Republicans (including Bush). Basically, there is no controlling interest in Heinz by either of the Kerrys.

To that I counter: Legally, the Kerrys are profiting from that 4% interest in a multinational corporation, what could be considered a Benedict Arnold Company. If they had any social conscience, given their stance AGAINST outsourcing, they would divest themselves of any and all financial interest in the company.

This isn't a personal rant on outsourcing. I think the fact that a food company such as Heinz has plants in many countries doesn't hurt anyone and actually (may) help to put food on the tables of people in those countries. No, this is more a principle thing, you know "social conscience."



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