McDonald's customers in Minneapolis may soon be dipping their fries in unfamiliar territory.
The fast-food joint confirmed this week it's letting go of Pittsburgh-based H.J. Heinz Co. and is currently in search of a new ketchup, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette said.
McDonald's actually stopped serving Heinz products in most markets years ago, but in the early1970s, Heinz had about 90 percent of the business supplying ketchup and pickles as McDonald's got off the ground. However, you can still find Heinz ketchup in Minneapolis and Pittsburgh locations, as well as overseas.
The split isn't necessarily a matter of quality ketchup, but rather, this year's acquisition of Heinz by a partnership of 3G Capital and Berkshire Hathaway. Now slated to run Heinz, former Burger King CEO Bernardo Hees is also a partner in 3G Capital, which acquired Burger King a few years ago.