Crafty Canadians can design their very own Heinz ketchup bottle

Bottles of novelty Heinz ketchup on grocery store shelf
Photo: Kraft Heinz Canada (Fair Use)

Drawing stuff from memory is always a little disappointing. You might start off pretty confident, but somewhere along the way the detailed image in your brain turns into something barely recognizable. Like a bicycle without a seat, or an alligator without a tail. But I guess some things are so deeply ingrained that anyone can draw them from memory—like a Heinz ketchup label. Now, Heinz is asking Canadian customers to draw the label from memory for the chance to see your design on a real-life personalized bottle.

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The promotion is actually based on an experiment during which participants across five continents were asked to “draw ketchup.” That’s it—they received no other instructions, and no indication that the order was coming from Heinz. Still, most drew a bright red bottle with “Heinz” on the label. Some participants even recalled details like the number 57 on the neck of a glass bottle. According to a press release, the experiment indicates that when most people think ketchup, they think Heinz.

“We wanted to uncover that instinctual and intuitive association consumers have between ketchup and Heinz,” says Daniel Gotlib, Associate Director of Brand Building & Innovation at Kraft Heinz Canada, in a press release. “When we anonymously asked consumers to simply draw ketchup, we learned that when people think ketchup, they think and visualize Heinzeverything from our deep red color and distinctive name to the keystone label and, of course, our iconic glass bottle.”

Now, Heinz is inviting Canadians to bring their ketchup drawing to life. Until January 31, Canadians can visit drawketchup.ca to submit their glorious ‘chup artwork. The best drawings will win a custom box and bottle with their drawing on the label. Once again, this promotion is only for people living in Canada. They have all the fun, eh?

Staff writer @ The Takeout, joke writer elsewhere. Wrangling dogs and pork shoulder in Chicago.

DISCUSSION

Do Canadians remember what the Heinz logo looks like? Doubt it. We all switched to French’s years ago when Heinz screwed over Leamington. Nice try Heinz. You can see yourself out.