90.9 WBUR - Boston's NPR news station
Top Stories:
PLEDGE NOW
Here and Now with Robin Young
Public radio's live
midday news program
With sponsorship from
Mathworks - Accelerating the pace of engineering and science
Accelerating the pace
of engineering and science
Monday, October 28, 2013

McDonalds Drops Heinz Ketchup Over CEO Pick

(Ricardo Ricote Rodríguez/Flickr)

(Ricardo Ricote Rodríguez/Flickr)

Fast food giant McDonald’s has announced that it will drop Heinz ketchup from its menu because former Burger King CEO Bernardo Hees is now running Heinz.

Teresa Lindeman is covering the squabble for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and tells Here & Now that reaction to the news has varied in Heinz’s home town.

In this country, Heinz ketchup has been served in McDonald’s restaurants only in the Pittsburgh and Minneapolis markets. But Heinz had been gaining ground in some international markets.

Guest

Transcript

JEREMY HOBSON, HOST:

So Robin, very interesting what they're doing there and also this. Now we're switching gears a little bit, but I've got some good life advice from a family friend who's about to turn 100 years old. We wondered: What is her secret to longevity? She said: I never hold a grudge.

ROBIN YOUNG, HOST:

Good advice, I'm writing it down.

(LAUGHTER)

HOBSON: Well, maybe the people at McDonald's should, too, because the fast food giant just announced on Friday that it is ending its relationship with Heinz Ketchup because former Burger King CEO Bernardo Hees is now running Heinz.

YOUNG: No.

HOBSON: They don't like the rival running. And Teresa Lindeman is covering the story for Pittsburgh' Post-Gazette. Pittsburgh is where Heinz is based. And Teresa says this spat is all related to the recent sale of Heinz.

TERESA LINDEMAN: H.J. Heinz Company was acquired earlier this year by a partnership of 3G Capital and Berkshire Hathaway. People are familiar with Berkshire Hathaway, Warren Buffet leads that. But 3G Capital also owns Burger King. When the sale was completed, they appointed the former Burger King CEO to be the new CEO of the H.J. Heinz Company, which makes sense.

But in that transition, Bernardo Hees, the new CEO of Heinz, also decided to continue on as vice-chairman of Burger King, which apparently did not sit well with McDonald's, which has used Heinz as a supplier in, you know, some of its restaurants.

HOBSON: So don't look for Heinz at McDonald's. This is HERE AND NOW. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.


Please follow our community rules when engaging in comment discussion on this site.
Robin and Jeremy

Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson host Here & Now, a live two-hour production of NPR and WBUR Boston.

August 29 Comment

World Championship Tug-Of-War Is ‘A Thing Of Beauty’

This weekend's competition in Wisconsin is a bit more intense than it was in your grade school gym class.

August 29 Comment

Repelling Mosquitoes With A Natural Sticky Patch

The Kite Patch releases odors that block the bug's carbon dioxide receptors, sending them in another direction.

August 28 Comment

Catching Up With The Polyphonic Spree

The choral rock band out of Dallas, Texas, has been thrilling audiences with its live performances for over a decade.

August 28 5 Comments

‘Enormous’ Growth Of Ocean Garbage Patch

The oceanographer who discovered the floating island of trash in 1997 says he's shocked by how much it's grown.