Well, I’ve been indulging in my logorrheal tendencies recently so let’s keep it short and sweet today and look at a picture that I took at my local supermarket.
In case your Russian is a little rusty, the one on the left is the spicy/hot (Ro: iute) version. Also, it’s not just that the labels are in Russian, this ketchup is made in Russia.
But wait, what about the sanctions? Not hurting Heinz at all. In fact, sales in Russia are helping to offset losses in Western Europe.
Remember kids, business is business. The American Secretary of State (equivalent to Foreign Minister) is John Kerry and his “job” these days seems to be criticizing and threatening Russia. But Kerry’s wife‘s last name is Heinz and she’s extremely rich precisely because of Heinz’s global sales.
Americans tend to eat ketchup on hamburgers, hot dogs and French fries. Romanians (from Transylvania) put ketchup on their pizza. But Russians put ketchup on everything. Here in Moldova, I see people putting ketchup on chicken.
Add it all up and Russia is the #2 ketchup market in the entire world. So yeah, there won’t be any sanctions, and good old “American” Heinz ketchup will continue to flow in Russia.