Today sees the last bottle of HP Sauce produced at the 100 year-old factory in Birmingham before Heinz switches operations to the Netherlands.
The story is fairly symbolic of modern business.
Production is switching from the historic plant at Aston because it will be cheaper for Heinz to manufacture and distribute HP sauce from Holland.
As a result, 125 people lose their jobs, Heinz makes the necessary savings it requires and Birmingham loses a landmark familiar to anyone travelling into the city along the Expressway from Spaghetti Junction.
Unions and politicians, backed by a sizeable section of the local population, put up a strong fight to save the HP factory. But they were up against one of the largest food brands in the world and a “David and Goliath” style victory was never realistic.
There is not much room for sentiment in modern business.