General Questions

Keeping things simple, The name 78 is based on our recipe. Natural & Tomato Rich! Using over 200 grams of tomatoes to make 100 grams of ketchup, or 78 % tomatoes by weight in every bottle, 78 Red is one of the most tomato rich ketchups on the market.

Gluten is a protein that naturally occurs in some grains. This protein acts as a binding agent when wheat flour is used for baking. The most well-known source of gluten is wheat. When you make wheat into flour, gluten is created. A majority of baked products are made with wheat because the gluten provides a very nice texture once the flour is cooked. Wheat flour is the basis for many products that are commonplace in the western diet. Other grains contain gluten as well. For example, barley, rye and triticale have gluten. Some oats have gluten, but not all.

Although born in Chicago, early 2013, The 78 Brand Co., produces its ketchups and mustards in Poland  Having very strict rules and regulations in place against GMO’s in food, or artificially grow food, Poland is an ideal location for fresh, NON GMO, tomatoes and sugar among many other used ingredients in 78 Red.


The shelf life is twelve (12) months from production date for all ketchups and mustards we produce.

Creating safe gluten-free foods requires careful analysis of every step of the manufacturing process. It is absolutely possible to make safe gluten-free foods in a facility that also creates gluten-full products. However, a shared facility presents additional challenges. Shared equipment must thoroughly be sanitized before use; traces of gluten may remain in hard-to-reach areas, and may settle back onto surfaces after being airborne during a “regular” production run.

While condiments seem as though they’ve all got an indefinite shelf life, ketchup actually can go bad. Because of the acidity of the tomatoes and vinegar, and the amount of sugar, ketchup has a pretty long shelf life. An unopened container of ketchup can remain stored for up to two years past the printed expiration date.

Once the bottle is opened, it will last for another year in the refrigerator. If you’d rather keep your ketchup at room temperature, the shelf life for an opened bottle in your pantry is about a month, though you should check for signs of spoilage before consuming the ketchup.

Homemade ketchup will have a far shorter shelf life, remaining good for about two to three months in the refrigerator, when properly stored.

Signs that Ketchup Has Gone Bad

As ketchup ages, the vinegar and other liquid will begin to separate out from the tomato paste in the condiment. You’ve likely experienced the beginning stages of this when you go to squeeze out some ketchup, and find a splash of liquid instead. A little separation is fine, and can be shaken back together, but eventually, the liquid will separate out too much to be mixed back in.

Specific Questions

Let the experts answer this one.

“GMOs (or “genetically modified organisms”) are living organisms whose genetic material has been artificially manipulated in a laboratory through genetic engineering, or GE. This relatively new science creates unstable combinations of plant, animal, bacteria and viral genes that do not occur in nature or through traditional crossbreeding methods” by NON GMO PROJECT

Introduced over 40 years ago as a sugar substitute, high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is used in wide variety of processed foods serving as a low cost artificial sweetener.