McDonald's Cuts Ties With Heinz Ketchup
Although most Americans couldn't get the brand at the fast-food chain anyway
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Oct 26, 2013 11:43 AM CDT
A McDonald's restaurant sign is illuminated in the Wrigleyville neighborhood of Chicago.   (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

(Newser) – Heinz brought in a former CEO of Burger King to run the ship a few months ago—and now McDonald's has severed ties with the ketchup company after 40 years, reports the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. That means nobody eating at McDonald's will be slathering their fries with a Heinz product, although the newspaper points out that the vast majority of Americans won't notice. Only two US markets in the chain—Pittsburgh (where Heinz is based) and Minneapolis—were using Heinz ketchup anyway.

McDonald's did serve Heinz in overseas stores, and that's where the move will likely sting. "As a result of recent management changes at Heinz, we have decided to transition our business to other suppliers over time," says a McDonald's statement. As for Burger King, it remains a loyal Heinz customer and uses its products in about 80% of all its stores, reports Reuters.

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HMD-SMD-ITY
Nov 3, 2013 11:25 AM CST
To get away from HFCS and high sodium levels found in off the shelf brands, I switched to a mail order brand and I convert people to it all the time. Jalapeno Ketchup Company has great products. I suggest it to then Prez. Bush because I thought it would be a good gesture to ban products that support the Democrats and support a product made in Richardson, Texas. So he had the White House concessionaire manager switch them to non-Heinz brands. He wanted to take it a step further for the capitol but thought it would be too political. But each president is free to choose the suppliers for the White House while they are in office. Michelle has picked a lot of whole food suppliers for the White House because that's her deal. Super great gal she cares about the issues at hand.
NorCalHal
Oct 30, 2013 11:37 PM CDT
Who REALLY cares who's ketchup or catsup they use? Do you REALLY care whether it's Heinz, Del Monte, or brand X ? Are we now turning onto processed toe mato connoisseurs? I personally think the author of this article was trying to make a political implication that really isn't there.
SuperLemonTony
Oct 30, 2013 1:00 PM CDT
Nice I cut ties with the crap food restaurant years ago...