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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.

Posted on October 26, 2013, at 6:26 p.m. ET

Mike Blake / Reuters

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.

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