Heinz Ketchup Will No Longer Be Served at McDonald’s

If Pittsburgh loses something, does that mean Philly wins?

Heinz Ketchup has a new C.E.O., and he still sits on the board of Burger King, which he used to run. You know what that means? Heinz will no longer be served at McDonald’s, in America, or abroad.

“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.

But here’s the catch. All that ketchup you’ve been dipping your nuggets into? It probably wasn’t Heinz anyways. Ever since 1973, when a tomato shortage (also lacking that year: oil, U.S. legal tender, integrity in the White House) caused the Pittsburgh-based company to divest from fast-food chains, the vast majority of U.S. McDonalds’s have used off-brand ketchup. Only Minneapolis and Pittsburgh chains still carry Heinz. Until now. [Reuters]


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