After 40 years, McDonald’s announced Friday that they will no longer carry Heinz ketchup in their restaurants. Reuters reported the story Friday evening. There are just a few locations in the U.S. where the Heinz ketchup can be found, and all international locations have already seen the change. McDonald’s has over 34,000 restaurants around the world. See the video to the left.
The news comes just a few days after former Burger King CEO, Bernardo Hees took over at Heinz. McDonald’s didn’t say this was the reason in their statement, but instead said:
“As a result of recent management changes at Heinz, we have decided to transition our business to other suppliers over time. We have spoken to Heinz and plan to work together to ensure a smooth and orderly transition.”
When asked if this decision has anything to do with the new CEO of Heinz, Heinz responded with: "As a matter of policy, Heinz does not comment on relationships with customers."
Most ketchup packets at McDonald’s say “fancy ketchup” and not Heinz, so many consumers may not notice the change.
Burger King has been a longtime Heinz ketchup customer.
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Sources: Reuters and ABC News