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      15.11.2013 15:47
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      Think we will be sticking with it

      Packaging

      Unlike the picture above Tesco Ketchup now has White labels on the front, back and around the neck of the bottle. The lid is white and flips up and down as opposed to a crew top. There is a small hole in the lid to allow even distribution. Though there is still a picture of a bright red fresh tomato on the front and around the neck of the bottle for identification. The front label now also contains the nutrient information of the product and the lid has the use by date on the top which allows for quick accessibility for the information. When first purchasing the item it has a foil seal to keep the product fresh while on the shelf. If the seal is broken you probably shouldn't buy the item however since it needs to be refrigerated once opened and consumed under a certain time limit.

      How it compares to other Brands

      Personally I don't think the flavour is any different from the Heinz equivalent, its a thick, smooth red consistency, fruity and as tomato sauce should be. When stored in the fridge it doesn't separate either so if you accidentally apply it to your plate or burger with ought shaking first there is really no issue. My only complaint is the lid it has a flip top lid just like Heinz but it breaks off much too easily it isn't nearly as strong. I find that after the third or fourth use the top part of the lid just breaks altogether and sometimes gets lost. The the lid can usually be jammed on again as the hole juts out a bit and there is a ridge on the top part of the lid so you can still keep it fresh enough.

      Price

      £1.15 per kg for the Tesco version whereas Heinz costs £2.39 for 700g so if you aren't bothered by the fault with the lid you could probably save around £2 on your shopping bill, we have been totally converted though especially considering how much ketchup we use during the week it usually ends up on every other hot meal.

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      30.03.2011 21:25
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      A great alternative to leading brands

      Tesco Squeezy Tomato Ketchup

      Once upon a time, Heinz were rulers of the ketchup world, at least in my household. In fact at one point when I was little I would only eat Heinz. Apparently if my Mum gave me anything other than Heinz I could tell the difference - weird that, considering I cant tell the difference now. Mind you, perhaps that is because supermarket own brand products have come on a bundle since I was younger. I do remember eating Tesco's own brand tomato sauce in my teens and remember it as tasting quite vinegary. How things change. These days I only buy Tesco sauce because it's a lot cheaper and in my opinion tastes just as good - if not better than the leading brand.

      I used to buy the basics ketchup which comes in a glass bottle, but have recently changed to buying the Tesco one that comes in a squeezy bottle. It tastes just the same but its much easier to get the damn sauce out! Although this squeezy version is a tad more expensive than the glass bottle (and I am convinced it's the same sauce inside) - I much prefer to buy this to save me pouring half a bottle on my dinner by mistake!

      Retailing at 89p (compared to 28p for the basics version) this is still a lot cheaper than buying Heinz (at around £2) and certainly does the job.

      Like all tomato ketchups the product contains quite a lot of sugar, but then again who goes around drinking bowls and bowls of it everyday? More worrying could be the amount of salt, at 0.3g (or 5%) of your daily allowance per tablespoon. Anyway, I don't care, it tastes yummy!

      Ingredients: Tomato Puree, Sugar, Spirit Vinegar, Maize Starch, Salt, Tomato Powder, Onion Powder, Clove Extract, Garlic Powder.
      Prepared with 176g of tomatoes per 100g of finished product

      I am reviewing the 480g bottle.
      And the taste? Tomatoey!!!

      Summary: This tomato ketchup is just the ticket to put on my chips and chicken dippers!
      1 star knocked off for the excess sugar and salt

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        20.12.2010 15:17
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        Much better than the brand leader!

        OVERVIEW:
        Like most people at the moment, I have been forced to find a way to make a few spending cuts recently. One way I am able to achieve this is by downgrading from branded products to own brands when completing my supermarket shop.

        One product that I have been really impressed with is Tesco Tomato Ketchup. I must confess, I love 'Tommy K' and have maintained a brand loyalty to Heinz for many years now. I never thought I would enjoy another variety of ketchup, but I guess that's the power of branding for you!!

        MY OPINION:
        My wife convinced me to try a blind test comparing Tesco Tomato Ketchup to the brand leader, and to my amazement I preferred the Tesco sauce. I found the taste more 'tomatoey' than Heinz and the texture to be silkier too. The colour has a deeper shade of red than Heinz which is not evident until you splurt it onto your plate. Since trying this product about three months ago I have not purchased a single bottle of Heinz.

        I usually buy the 470g top down ketchup bottle and the Tesco version provides a 48% cost saving over the Heinz equivalent at just 82p per bottle. In my opinion this purchase is a no brainer as Tesco manufactures a far superior ketchup which is almost half the price of the brand leader.

        PRODUCT INFORMATION:
        As this product is primarily made from tomatoes (176g per 100g of finished sauce), it is suitable for vegetarians. The product lasts a relatively long time and will last for 6 weeks once opened, although this is never an issue in our house!

        The following values are per 100g:
        Energy - 105 kcal
        Protein - 1.3g
        Carbohydrate - 23.8g
        Fat - 0.3g
        Fibre - 0.9g
        Salt Equiv - 1.8g

        CONCLUSION:
        Following this blind test I have now got the taste (pardon the pun) to try other products also. Hopefully this will help me on my way to achieving some great savings over the course of the year ahead.

        Thank you for taking the time to read my review ;-)

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        18.03.2010 22:24
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        Great offering from Tesco

        Oh my goodness... I have to admit I am one of those awful people who smothers their food in ketchup. It doesn't matter what food it is, in my eyes there is usually room for a little bit of the red stuff on my plate. I have it with broccolli, fish pie, macaroni cheese and pretty much every meal I consume. My husband is not a sauce person and most of the time he simply shakes his head in disgust when I bring that little red bottle to the table.

        Until recently I have always been a Heinz Tommy K girl, it was just everything I wanted from a ketchup, a fantastic flavour and fab thick consistancy. Our shopping bills have been creeping up though, every week I do my Tesco online shop and end up having to trawl through the list to reduce the final cost. One way of doing this is to drop down a couple of brands and try the supermarket alternatives to the leading brands.

        As I do get through bucket loads of ketchup, I did think that it would be worth trying the Tesco tomato ketchup to see if we could save a few pennies. I picked up a 485g squeezy bottle of the Tesco tomato ketchup for 84p.

        Now I really wasn't expecting much from this product at all, to be honest I was thinking I would probably be replacing it with a bottle of Heinz during my next shop. I got it very wrong... this is actually a really really good offering from Tesco's. It's not quite up there with a bottle of Heinz just because it hasn't quite got the thick consistancy but it terms of flavour, I think it is really rather tasty.

        You get the tangy flavour of tomato and a fantastic combination of sweet and sour. Most importantly it taste fantastic with chips in a buttie. I certainly don't feel as though I am compromising with this ketchup and I will happily buy it again.

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        23.02.2010 21:49
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        A good sauce

        Ketchup goes with most things, and an spruce up a meal. My wife loves the stuff, so we generally go through quite a lot. That's why we have tried the Tesco version of ketchup, to see if we could save a few pennies, whilst hopefully not compromising on taste.
        So how did we get on with this? I fond that the big 1kg bottle looks like it will last a long time, and Im sure that it will. However, I do find that it is slightly more watery than say other branded makes like Heinz, so you tend to need to put more sauce on, so it might not be that money saving to buy this product.
        The bottle is a bit of a disappointment it has to be said. Although being a squeezy bottle, I find that it does tend to run out of the hole without the need for squeezing it. As you can imagine, this tends to lead to the top clogging up with sauce on a regular basis. Also as the bottle becomes empty, its very hard to squeeze the remaining sauce out. I try and stand the bottle upside down to top the sauce to the top, but its very hard to balance the bottle upside down as its very too heavy.
        Onto the actual taste. It tastes like ketchup, although perhaps a little sweeter tan usual. Upon reading the nutritional information, you can tell why. It has almost 23g of carbohydrates from sugars, so unsurprisingly it does taste quite sweet. Apart from that, I would say that it tastes pretty much the same as more expensive branded makes, and considering it's a complement to food, I would say that this is a good product.

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        10.02.2010 16:18
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        Tesco Tomato Ketchup - Why pay more?

        Tomato Ketchup is one of those items, I always have in my store cupboard. If I ever ran out, my daughter would never forgive me (I seriously think I should enrole her in ketchup anonymous.)

        Up until recently, that ketchup had to be Heinz, but as I am on an economy drive, I picked up Tesco Tomato Ketchup for the first time last month. I am so glad I did because it is just as good as Heinz and I honestly can't notice the difference.

        Tesco Tomato Ketchup comes in a squeezy plastic bottle, with a flip top lid. These bottles are great, as you can squeeze the ketchup out easliy, unlike the old glass bottles, where you had to jump up and down, hitting it as hard as you could!)

        The ketchup looks the same as Heinz on the plate. It has a noticable tomateoy smell and is a strong red colour. It's consistency is just right, it is smooth and just the right thickness. This tomato ketchup also tastes nice and tomatoey, it is quite sweet but also has a little sharp, vinegar kick too.
        I do not only use it as a ketchup dip, but also as an ingredients in other dips and sauces, which makes it even better value.

        *Ingredients*

        Tomato Puree, Sugar, Spirit Vinegar, Maize Starch, Salt, Tomato Powder, Onion Powder, Clove Extract, Garlic Powder.

        Prepared with 176g of tomatoes per 100g finished product.

        *Nutritional Value Per Tablespoon*

        Calories - 15
        Protein - 0.2g
        Carbohydrate - 3.6g
        Sugar - 3.3g
        Fat - Trace
        Saturates - Trace
        Salt - 0.3g

        There are a few different sized bottles available in Tesco, but I always buy the 470g one at 88p. A Heinz 460g bottle would cost you £1.61, so there is a big saving to be had here.

        I will be sticking to Tesco Tomato Ketchup from now on. It is just as good as Heinz and is a far cheaper price, which makes it a winner with me!

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        29.09.2009 17:12
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        Try something else first

        Being in a tight budget, i am always looking for cheaper brands of food that we can buy instead of named brands
        have two boys that love ketchup i didn't think i could get away with buying a cheaper brand.

        I bought tesco Tomato Ketchup. at 0.57p for a 340g bottle. bargain at half the price.

        ***Packaging***
        Clear plastic bottle with white flip snap closure lip.
        Green label on the front with a tomato on the font with the text
        Tesco in light green and tomato ketchup in bold white text.

        **Product itself***
        Bight red ketchup with a very strong smell of tomatoes. its very thick.
        i can also smell the hint of salt and garlic.

        *** nutrition values***
        Each tablespoon contains..
        15 calories
        3.3grams of sugar
        trace of fat
        trace of sat fat
        0.3g salt

        I find it did have a high salt content. so i was very careful on how much i put on the children's plate.

        ***Taste***
        I found it had a salty taste, it did taste like ketchup but the salt was very over power so it tasted very bitter. and too much make me feel slightly sick.

        *** Overall***
        If you like your ketchup to taste like salt then this is the ketchup for you.
        cheap and nasty comes to mind when i think of this ketchup. i have now through it away and gone an other brand.

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          21.09.2009 19:15
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          Very yummy on your chips.

          Ok, I have a confession to make, I am a complete ketchup addict.
          I have it with literally everything - rice, potatoes etc. You name it, I've had it.

          We go through a ridiculous amount of ketchup and we were spending a fortune on Heinz every week. I decided to try the Tesco bog standard ketchup for a change especially when it cost half the price at 57p for a 340 gram bottle.

          The packaging is pretty simple, you can either have a glass bottle or a plastic bottle, he plastic bottle has a white flip lid, whereas he glass one has a screw top. I have noticed the glass bottles seem to be more expensive although they contain the same product but they can be recycled. There is a green label on the front which has the words Tomato Ketchup and a picture of a tomato

          So you remove the lid and take off the silver foil for the first use and then squeeze away. The ketchup comes out easily and is quite thick. I can't stand any sauce that is too vinagery but this has just the right balance and I have to say I prefer it to Heinz. Some people say it tastes salty but I think it is tomatoey and you really can't go wrong, it is easy to get out of the bottle andthe taste isn't overpowering.
          Each tablespoon contains:
          15 calories
          3.3grams of sugar
          trace of fat
          trace of sat fat
          0.3g salt

          I don't think hese are too bad and compared to other ketchups, they are about the sameplus you aren't using huge amounts.

          Definately worth a try

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          02.08.2009 10:00
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          A good quality sauce at an excellent price.

          Since the beginning of time, ketchup is something I have always had in my fridge. I try to eat healthily but I am not immune to temptation - and even veggies like a tasty burger in a bun with onions and -of course - ketchup. Also the odd chip or two. If you try to eat either of these foods at home without ketchup they are not as tasty - or sinful - in my opinion.


          I have heard that eating an acidic substance, like vinegar (in ketchup) helps with fat digestion when eating fatty substances. I am not sure about the complete truth of this - but I can see the logic.


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          The ketchup comes in a simple, recyclable bottle with a green label and top label that contrast well with the rich red of the tomato sauce that can be seen through the transparent bottle. The labels contain ingredients and nutritional values. I think the packaging is excellent; it makes the product look attractive whilst enabling clear consumer viewing.

          I am not really interested in buying the 'Top Down' version of this ketchup. I prefer to have my foodstuffs packaged in glass rather than plastic as there is less chance of dioxins (toxins linked with cancer) present in the plastic leaking into the food. This can happen in extremes of heat and cold.


          Ingredients
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          Tomato Puree, Sugar, Spirit Vinegar, Maize Starch, Salt, Tomato Powder, Onion Powder, Clove Extract, Garlic Powder..

          Again, I like the simplicity of the ingredients list. I look for unpleasant E numbers in colours, flavourings and preservatives. This ketchup has none. It is clearly also suitable for vegetarians and vegans and coeliacs.

          The allergy advice helpfully tells the consumer that there are no nuts but the product was made in a factory that does handle nuts.

          I dollop serving of this ketchup will add 15 calories to your meal load and the salt content is 0.3g per serving.

          The ketchup is prepared with 176g of tomatoes per 100g finished product. This is a good indicator of how much of the weight of tomatoes is actually water!

          Eating the Ketchup
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          When the lid is removed, immediately there is a deep, tomato smell with the tang of vinegar that meets your nose. It is a small that gets my digestive juices flowing. The ketchup is of a thick consistency and the bottle needs a little jerk to get the dollop onto the plate. Once on there, it is glossy and holds its shape well.

          The taste of the ketchup is tangy and full flavoured; it is the perfect accompaniment to a 'junk' meal because it perks up the 'junk' food that otherwise, without condiments, actually could be bland.

          Does it taste as good as the leading brand? I would say yes. I don't eat it in huge quantities anyway - perhaps slightly less than a regular citizen of chipland UK - and I have nothing to say that would encourage you to buy the more expensive leading brand!

          Now and again, if a meal I am cooking needs a perk up, I will dash a dollop into the saucepan to give it a lift. Oh dear, I feel that is a bit of a confession...

          Price
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          A 340g bottle of Tesco Ketchup costs 57p. The 567g bottle costs £1.38. A Heinz 342g bottle will cost you 94p in comparison. I think that the price difference is substantial and in these days for reduced circumstances every saving counts.


          To Conclude
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          I think this is a gret ketchup. It falls neatly between value and premium brands, the quality is excellent and the price is affordable. If you buy this ketchup, your food won't be disappointed!

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            03.02.2009 20:43
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            yummy-ness

            OK, my name is Traci and i am a ketchup addict.

            I love ketchup, on chips, pizza... anything thing that is really bad for you food wise!

            I used to buy ketchup every other week in Tesco, i was buying Heinz which was £1.39 a bottle which is quite costly.

            When the credit crunch hit i had to reduce my weekly shopping bill, and i saw that Tesco's own brand ketchup was only 50p on offer on one of the end shelves! Saw i thought id try it, and it was yummy.

            I got the 470 g bottle which is a slightly different shape to the one in the picture, which i thought was great value for money!

            Calorie wise its 19kcal per 15 g tablespoon and only a Trace of fat!

            The bottle is a squeezie one, you have to unscrew the lid and remove a silver foil before you can use, which is easy to do. The bottle is sturdy and strong.

            The sauce is thick, same as Heinz really, smells very tomato-y but sometimes a bit synthetic. The taste is good, not artificial or any bad after taste. Very very nice.

            Bring on the chips!!

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              09.06.2008 16:34
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              It's an excellent(-ly cheap) brand of tomato ketchup. Try it.

              I live off of tomato ketchup. There is honestly no other way of saying it; I have it with every meal and, without it, I would very likely starve to death. Even now, as I type, I am eating tomato ketchup. I'm eating it on its own, in a bowl. I'm not even joking. When I have pizza, I dip it in a pool of tomato sauce. When I eat rice, I let the rain of this red sauce fall upon each grain before I dare pick up a knife and fork. I've eaten it with crisps and, a while back, I had it with Sunday dinner for a few weeks in a row in place of gravy (everything else the same - yorkshire puddings and all). I hope all these examples represent fully my obsession with the stuff and perhaps they'll act as my credentials in such a review.

              I have eaten ketchup all over the world. I've eaten it in American diners and here, at home. Once upon a time, the source of the latter was Heinz Tomato Ketchup. I'm on Tesco's site at the moment, though, and even the prospect of buying such a brand now seems utterly bizarre. I think the reasons listed prior show that a great supply of ketchup is required for my household; I search for the largest bottles. The options of Heinz offering me a similar amount as to the 1kg Tesco offers me...hm, well, first I note they are all top down bottles. I've never been a fan of such. But I will continue regardless. There is no 1kg. The closest are one of 910g and one of 1.2g. The price of the former: £2.19. The price of the latter: £2.89. My! I look to the side: £2.41 per kg for Heinz ketchup, then.

              But Tesco is the brand I buy, and Tesco is the brand you have come to read about, I guess. Tesco offers this fantastic 1kg bottle of ketchup for only £0.86. The comparison is absolutely staggering; why would you opt for Heinz, based on economical reasons solely? But the taste, the taste! The taste surely must differ hugely! I think not. It has been a long time since I have been one of the converted, so I'm unable to compare and contrast fully...but this ketchup? This ketchup is nothing short of delicious. I just added a little more to my bowl in an attempt to describe the taste to you, but it's impossible; how can one describe the taste of ketchup? I had a large vine tomato earlier and I can confirm it tastes of tomatoes. It's also rather sweet, I suppose.

              Onto a more general look at the product, this ketchup is not in these new top down bottles that appear to have become something of a phenomenon. It's in a 'regular' squeezy bottle, top up. It only just occurred to me while typing why the top downs are popular, but, realistically, I still can't see the need. When the contents of the bottle are getting low, I just flip it over and let it fall. But generally the contents come out with ease regardless of whether I do this or not. It's only when I'm trying desperately to get out that last scrape that issues arise and the flipping technique is utilised. If you are one who like these inverted bottles rather than the one illustrated in the specified product here, Tesco do also offer a top down variant. I would absolutely love for someone to explain to me, though, why the top down variants are so ridiculously expensive; for the same price as the 1kg regular, I can only get 470g of the inversion. Still, it's again much cheaper than Heinz.

              I can't tell you of the nutritional difference between Heinz and Tesco Tomato Ketchup due to me attaining varying numbers in regards to Heinz's online. I doubt there's much difference, though. Tesco Tomato Ketchup, per tablespoon, contains 17 calories, 4.1g of sugar, 0.5g of salt and the rest trace. Now that I study it, I suppose the salt is a tad high (especially considering how many tablespoons I eat per day...!), but, if, unlike me, you eat ketchup in amounts within the realms of normalcy, I can't see there ever being a true problem.

              If you're paying over a pound extra for Heinz Tomato Ketchup, ask yourself why. I would certainly recommend giving this one a go before continuing; it's a needless expense when Tesco offers such, in my opinion, incredible alternatives right in store. Tomorrow I'll be eating chip buttys with this stuff literally drooling out the sides. Mmm - there's nothing better!

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              1 Kg of Tomato Ketchup in a squeezy bottle.