The decades-long McDonald's-Heinz deal is over, as the fast-food chain will no longer be using the popular brand of ketchup in its restaurants. NBC News shared the details on Oct. 25.
McDonald's and Heinz have partnered for 40 years, but a management change at the top of H.J. Heinz has led McDonald's to make a break. Bernardo Hees, the former chief executive of Burger King, is now leading Heinz, and it seems McDonald's just wasn't up for that partnership.
Most of the ketchup packets handed out at locations in the United States did not use Heinz, it seems, other than Minneapolis and Pittsburgh locations. The change will be more visible to overseas locations. McDonald's will use Hunt's now in all of their locations. Burger King and Heinz have had a partnership for decades, with the ketchup brand being in about 80 percent of the BK locations.
While the McDonald's-Heinz split was confirmed in a statement from the fast-food chain, the H.J. Heinz spokesperson Michael Mullen said that they do not comment on customer relationships.