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Change In Leadership At Heinz Leads To End Of Ketchup Relationship With McDonald’s

October 25, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
McDonald’s is so peeved at a top management change at H.J. Heinz Co. – purveyor of, among other comestibles, ketchup – that it is severing its 40-year business relationship with the company. Heinz will no longer supply ketchup to McDonald’s worldwide, and it is unclear which of Heinz’s competitors – Hunt’s, Del Monte, or someone else -- will pick up the slack. McDonald’s made the decision when it learned that Bernardo Hees, former CEO of rival Burger King, had been named CEO at Heinz. The change in ketchup suppliers will have little impact on the U.S. market. Only Pittsburgh and Minneapolis restaurants use Heinz ketchup.
Lisa Baertlein, "Ketchup changeup: McDonald's dropping Heinz after CEO change", Reuters, October 25, 2013, © Thomson Reuters
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