McDonald’s announced Friday it would drop Heinz as its ketchup provider after Heinz named the former head of Burger King as its CEO.
“As a result of recent management changes at Heinz, we have decided to transition our business to other suppliers over time,” McDonald’s said in a statement.
Bernardo Hees, 42, became the CEO of Burger King Worldwide, Inc., in 2010, according to Forbes. He was named Heinz CEO on June 10.
McDonald’s mostly uses Heinz ketchup internationally; Pittsburgh and Minneapolis are the only U.S. markets that use the brand. The majority of in-store ketchup dispensers in McDonald’s locations are not branded, and McDonald’s ketchup packets are labeled “fancy ketchup.” But McDonald’s has used Heinz ketchup for 40 years.
A Burger King spokesman told Reuters the chain has used Heinz ketchup for “decades” in roughly 80% of the markets it’s located in.
A Heinz spokesperson declined to comment.
- John Glenn, a pioneering astronaut and the first American to orbit the Earth, has died at 95. Godspeed, Glenn 🚀🇺🇸
- Donald Trump's likely pick for labor secretary is a high-profile critic of the push to raise the federal minimum wage.
- Black Lives Matter — the protest movement born out of a desire to stem police brutality — has taken root across the globe.
- Mick Jagger is a new dad at age 73 and people have some things to say 👀