McDonalds drops Heinz ketchup from menu

It's been the perfect accompaniment to a Big Mac and fries for decades.

But McDonald's is to stop serving Heinz Ketchup in its 34,000 restaurants worldwide after ending a partnership of more than four decades.

The fast food chain says that the surprising split is down to 'recent management changes'.

Heinz is now led by Bernardo Hees former chief executive of McDonald's arch-rivals Burger King.

McDonald's said that it will work with Heinz until a replacement supplier is in place.

The chain said in a statement: 'As a result of recent management changes at Heinz, we have decided to transition our business to other suppliers over time.

'We have spoken to Heinz and plan to work together to ensure a smooth and orderly transition.'

The switch from Heinz is likely to be more apparent in the UK and other restaurants across the world, with ketchup in most of the franchise's US restaurants supplied from elsewhere.

Heinz disappeared from many US branches in the 1970s after the company couldn't meet McDonald's demands due to a tomato shortage.

Since then, apart from in Pittburgh and Minneapolis where Heinz was still used, most ketchup is just branded as 'fancy ketchup' in US branches.


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