For business/finance/economics/accounting types: It was announced this morning that Heinz is being bought for roughly $23 billion by Berkshire Hathaway (Warren Buffett's company) and 3G Capital Management. How many pounds of organic heirloom tomatoes can be bought at New York City farmers' markets for that amount, figuring last summer's average price of $5 per pound?
For home ec and health types: Of the following three varieties of Heinz ketchup, which is the best option? The second best option? (Sure, personal finances may play a part in your decision, but the price per ounce difference among the three is minimal, especially when factoring in how long a bottle of ketchup lasts a typical American family.)
1. Heinz® Ketchup
INGREDIENTS: TOMATO CONCENTRATE FROM RED RIPE TOMATOES, DISTILLED VINEGAR, HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP, CORN SYRUP, SALT, SPICE, ONION POWDER, NATURAL FLAVORING.
2. Simply Heinz™ Ketchup
INGREDIENTS: TOMATO CONCENTRATE FROM RED RIPE TOMATOES, DISTILLED VINEGAR, SUGAR, SALT, ONION POWDER, SPICE, NATURAL FLAVORING.
3. Heinz® Organic Ketchup
INGREDIENTS: ORGANIC TOMATO CONCENTRATE FROM RED RIPE ORGANIC TOMATOES, ORGANIC DISTILLED VINEGAR, ORGANIC SUGAR, SALT, ORGANIC ONION POWDER, ORGANIC SPICE, NATURAL FLAVORING.
Why buy organic ketchup? As I have written before:
"Organic tomato products contain three times more of the antioxidant lycopene than conventional tomato products and are devoid of the harmful pesticides used on the majority of non-organic tomatoes."