McDonald's Is Dropping Heinz Ketchup After 40 Years

McDonald's said it would get their ketchup elsewhere after a former Burger King CEO was named the head of Heinz.

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.