H.J. Heinz Company (ticker: HNZ, exchange: New York Stock Exchange (.N))
News Release -
Heinz Hitch Horses Donated to Arlington National Cemetery
Eight Percherons to Assume Duty with Department of the Army
PITTSBURGH--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 16, 2007--The H. J. Heinz
Company (NYSE:HNZ) announced today that it has donated the eight
Percheron horses formerly used as part of the Heinz Hitch program to
the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) where they will be used
to pay homage to fallen soldiers in the ceremonies at Arlington
"This donation will ensure that the horses are well cared for the
rest of their lives while honoring our country's fallen soldiers and
veterans," said Michael Mullen, Director of Global Corporate Affairs
for the H. J. Heinz Company.
The Heinz horses will participate in some of the eight full-honor
military funerals per day at Arlington.
The new posts also have their perks. Each of the eight Percheron
horses will a have full-time, dedicated caretaker and veterinarian and
they will join the more than 50 horses already stationed at Fort Myer,
"It's fitting that our country's finest will be carried to rest by
such a noble breed of horses, the same that once carried knights into
battle," said Chief Warrant Officer Jeremy Light, Caisson Platoon
leader with The Old Guard. "We're truly grateful for Heinz's unique
The Percherons will be members of the Caisson Platoon of the 3rd
U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard), which is the United States
Army's official ceremonial unit. During a funeral procession, six
horses form a team that pulls a flag-draped coffin upon a caisson
throughout Arlington National Cemetery.
The eight Percheron horses are more than up to this task,
generating more than 16,000 pounds of raw horsepower. On several
occasions, they've been known to pull a 30,000-pound Rose Parade float
with no complaints.
Originally from the Perche region of France, Percherons are the
only line of heavy horses not originally bred as draft horses. The
horses first appeared more than 1,000 years ago and are a cross
between Arabian Stallions and Flemish Plow Mares. They were bred
specifically to blend power, agility and speed. These attributes made
the Percherons favored horses for carrying knights confidently into
battle. Today, Percherons are enjoying a renewed popularity among
horsemen for their gentle nature, power and control.
Regal Relic Retired
Heinz discontinued the traveling Heinz Hitch program in early 2006
as it switched its focus to more contemporary consumer marketing. In
July, the Heinz Hitch wagon, a replica of a historic 1800s-era
horse-drawn grocery cart, was donated to the Senator John Heinz
History Center, and is currently on long-term display in the Center's
first-floor Great Hall.
The Hitch was showcased at parades, fairs and expositions
throughout the United States and Canada, including high-profile events
like the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade, Macy's Thanksgiving Day
Parade and Major League Baseball's Opening Day Parade.
ABOUT HEINZ: H. J. Heinz Company, offering "Good Food Every Day"TM
is one of the world's leading marketers and producers of nutritious
foods in ketchup, condiments, sauces, meals, soups, snacks and infant
foods. Heinz provides superior quality, taste and nutrition to people
eating at home, at restaurants, at the office and "on-the-go." Heinz
is a global family of leading brands, including Heinz(R) ketchup,
sauces, soups, beans, pasta and infant foods (representing over one
third of Heinz's total sales), Ore-Ida(R) potato products, Weight
Watchers(R) Smart Ones(R) entrees, Boston Market(R) meals, T.G.I.
Friday's(R) snacks, and Plasmon infant nutrition. Heinz has number-one
or number-two brands on five continents, showcased by Heinz(R)
ketchup, The World's Favorite Ketchup(R). Information on Heinz is
available at www.heinz.com.
CONTACT: H. J. Heinz Company
Ted Smyth, 412-456-5780
Michael Mullen, 412-456-5751
Margaret Nollen, 412-456-1048
SOURCE: H. J. Heinz Company