Branded food giant H. J. Heinz has announced Q3 earnings, ended 30 January 2002, of US$201.7m, 57 cents/diluted share, a drop from US$270.5m, 77 cents/diluted share, year on year. Excluding special items in last year's third quarter of 12 cents per diluted share, Heinz said it earned US$227.4m, 65 cents/diluted share, in that quarter.