Friday, March 16, 2007

HP sauce moving to the Netherlands?

Now, I don't know about the rest of the world, but here in Canada (and of course, Britain) HP sauce is the Gold Standard for steak sauce - we ALWAYS have a bottle in the fridge! A steak just wouldn't be a steak without it! :)

It's House of Parliament sauce - got a pic of the buildings on the bottle, and says "By appointment to her Majesty the Queen" on it. It's pretty much as British as it gets - but they're not going to manufacture it in Britain anymore...seems weird, really! I feel badly for them, it was really a pride thing for them, a real British icon - it would be like Coca Cola headquarters being moved from Atlanta to someplace outside America. Not something that would be easy to swallow!

Now, there's some concern that the flavor won't be the same - THAT, I'm not worried about. I'm sure they did test runs ahead of time to ensure the quality remains the same. But it's the principle of the thing, it just won't be the same.

I'll still probably buy it though - as I said, a steak wouldn't be a steak without it!

Read the story on the CBC here. There are several stories on the BBC regarding it, including this one , and this story about one of the protesters doing a short "roof sit-in". Apparently, even the Dutch workers who would be getting new jobs out of this thought the whole thing was handled badly!

(The worst part is, it was an American company, Heinz, that bought the rights to the sauce and made the decision to move... again everyone, imagine if Coke was bought by Germany or something, then made the decision to move the headquarters abroad. Ouch!)

Man, all this talk of HP sauce is making me hungry though...