Frequently Asked Questions

Product Questions

  • Where can I find the production code?

    Every can of HEINZ® Beans bears a production code of letters and numbers stamped on the lid of the can itself, not on the label.

  • How do I read the production code?

    Our production code is based on the Julian calendar. As an example, a can of HEINZ® Original Beans in Tomato Sauce might have a code that reads LBV 1222 08:32.

    The letter "L" indicates this can of beans was filled in our Leamington, Ontario factory.

    The next two letters indicate the variety code. In this case "BV" is "Original Beans in Tomato Sauce".

    The first three numbers (122) represent the 122nd day of the year, or May 1st.

    The fourth number (2) represents 2012, the year of production.

    The final four numbers (08:32) indicate the hour, in 24-hour time, or 8:32 a.m.

    This can was made on May 1st, 2012. The recommended shelf life for all HEINZ® Beans is two years; so we suggest you use this can by May 1st, 2014.

Consumer Relations

  • Do any of the HEINZ® Beans varieties contain gluten?

    All of the HEINZ® canned beans produced and distributed in Canada are gluten free. However, because recipe formulations may change, please be sure to read the ingredient list on the label for a complete ingredient listing. Or contact our Consumer Affairs department.

Storage Questions

  • What is the best way to store my canned beans?

    For optimal freshness and quality, it is best to store unopened cans of HEINZ® Beans in a cool, dry place.

  • How long can I keep my cans of beans?

    All HEINZ® canned beans products have a shelf life of two years from their date of production. For optimal freshness, store your unopened cans of HEINZ® Beans in a cool, dry place.

  • How can I tell if my beans are still good?

    There is a stamped production code made up of letters and numbers on every can of HEINZ® Beans that represents when the can was made.

  • Once opened, how long can I keep leftover beans?

    Any unused HEINZ® Beans should be transferred into an air-tight storage container, refrigerated immediately, and used within 48 hours.

  • Can my leftover beans be frozen?

    Yes. For optimum quality, it is best to transfer any leftover HEINZ® Beans into a clean, air-tight container designed for freezing foods, and kept frozen for no longer than one month. Beans should be reheated from frozen, without thawing.

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