Heinz Hitch Horses Donated to Arlington National Cemetery

Eight Percherons to Assume Duty with Department of the Army

Heinz has donated its eight Percheron horses to Arlington National Cemetery where they will be used to pay homage to fallen soldiers in ceremonies. (Photo: Business Wire)

PITTSBURGH--()--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 National Cemetery.

This donation will ensure that the horses are well cared for the rest of their lives while honoring our countrys 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, VA.

Its fitting that our countrys 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. Were truly grateful for Heinzs unique gift.

The Percherons will be members of the Caisson Platoon of the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard), which is the United States Armys 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.

Historic Hooves

The eight Percheron horses are more than up to this task, generating more than 16,000 pounds of raw horsepower. On several occasions, theyve 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 Centers 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, Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade and Major League Baseballs Opening Day Parade.

ABOUT HEINZ: H. J. Heinz Company, offering Good Food Every DayTM is one of the worlds 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® ketchup, sauces, soups, beans, pasta and infant foods (representing over one third of Heinzs total sales), Ore-Ida® potato products, Weight Watchers® Smart Ones® entrees, Boston Market® meals, T.G.I. Fridays® snacks, and Plasmon infant nutrition. Heinz has number-one or number-two brands on five continents, showcased by Heinz® ketchup, The Worlds Favorite Ketchup®. Information on Heinz is available at www.heinz.com.

Contacts

H. J. Heinz Company
Media:
Ted Smyth, 412-456-5780
Michael Mullen, 412-456-5751
Michael.mullen@us.hjheinz.com
or
Investors:
Margaret Nollen, 412-456-1048

Contacts

H. J. Heinz Company
Media:
Ted Smyth, 412-456-5780
Michael Mullen, 412-456-5751
Michael.mullen@us.hjheinz.com
or
Investors:
Margaret Nollen, 412-456-1048