Ketchup is believed to have originated in China in the 17th century. It was then brought to Europe, where it became popular in the 18th century. The modern form of ketchup was invented by Henry J. Heinz in 1876.
It’s estimated that Americans consume around 350 million pounds of ketchup annually. In the UK, it’s estimated that the average person consumes around 3.2 kg of ketchup per year.
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