Fast Food

Nein Heinz! McDonalds Kicks Famous Ketchup to the Curb

McDonalds has officially dropped Heinz as its ketchup supplier of choice.

What’s sure to be a divorce for the food history books, the fast food giant has decided that after 40 years of wedded bliss it doesn’t want its fries swimming in tainted sauce. In a move that comes after said to be because of “management changes”, McDonalds is adamant to keep their relationship alive with the world’s largest producer of ketchup. These so called “management changes” could have to do with the fact that Heinz recently appointed Bernardo Hees to Heinz CEO, who also happens to be the former CEO at the golden arches nemesis, Burger King. The plot thickens.

Though McDonalds refuses to comment on any other reasons for the split, it’s clear that the relationship was strained by bad burger blood. Before you start rioting in the streets you should know that Mickey D’s stopped serving Heinz ketchup in most of their US based stores a while ago but the world famous ketchup is still the condiment of choice at the overseas locations.

No word yet on what company will get on McDonald’s ketchup game but for now look out for those “McDonalds Fancy Ketchup” packets at a location near you.

H/T + PicThx HuffPo


Fast Food

McDonald’s Puts a Price on ‘Lovin’ It’ – Asks for 25 Cents for Extra Ketchup Packets


Well, what did we expect from ketchup that calls itself “fancy?”

According to New York news site DNAinfo, several Mickey D’s franchises in Manhattan have been charging customers an extra fee for extra ketchup packets, because apparently the costs of giving them away for free have just gotten too damn high.

One McDonald’s manager in the East Village stated her location’s particular fee (a quarter per extra “handful”) was implemented after she noticed too many unopened ketchup packets just being thrown away. Several other franchisees also defended their own extra-ketchup charges as a necessary response to rising real estate prices and the “tough economy.”

Still, for 16 – 17% more than the 1.5 cents it costs to buy the things in the first place, excuse me if I’m feeling a little jipped. I mean, how else am I supposed to get my daily source of vitamins if I can’t douse my fries in free tomato puree?

What do you guys think of McDonald’s extra-ketchup free? A necessary evil, or stingy as f@#k?

H/T DNAInfo + PicThx Let’s Go Pens

Packaged Food

Heinz Spices it Up With New Jalapeño Ketchup

Heinz Company is kicking off Cyber Monday this year with an exciting new ketchup flavor and Facebook promotion. Starting in January of 2013, Heinz will be offering a jalapeño-flavored version of their classic tomato variety. Can’t wait that long? Don’t worry, if you’re a Heinz Facebook fan, you can get your fix early. According to a recent press release, you  can celebrate the “12 Days of Jalapeño Ketchup,” by purchasing the curious condiment exclusively through Facebook starting November 26-December 7.

Although jalapeño-infused condiments aren’t necessarily a groundbreaking idea, this will be a nice addition to the Heinz ketchup family, alongside of its current “Heinz Hot & Spicy Ketchup,” which features Tabasco sauce.

So hit up Facebook next week to be the first in line to get your hands on a bit of this spicy delight. 14 oz. glass bottles will be sold for $4.99 (including shipping), and if you order between two and five bottles, you get one free! Not a bad idea to stock up for the year, or give away a few during your office Secret Santa exchange.

Bonus: If you order between 5 a.m. EST on November 26 and 3 a.m. EST on November 27, you could be one of 350 lucky winners to get a free Heinz holiday ornament! It’s the little things in life.

via 4-traders

Packaged Food

My Little Pony Pasta: This Sauce Ain’t A One Trick Pony

OK, confession. I found out about My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic through my younger brother who is a borderline obsessive fan of the show. I was at home for the holidays and as usual, he propositioned me with the following incentive: “Hey, wanna watch something hilarious on the internet?” PSH, when do I not? As I watched him type in “My Little Pony” in the YouTube search box, the familiar Oh Man, I’m about to watch some weird sh-t feeling took over and my attention span began to diminish at an exponential rate. Yet as it turned out, the show was not only good but snarky, witty and yes, a little weird.

I soon found out that My Little Pony had been garnering an underground fanbase among not only 13-year-old girls doting Twilight Sparkle lunchboxes but among teenagers and young adults doting Twilight Sparkle lunchboxes as well. So, with a Fight Club-esque cult following (because everyone knows pink and purple ponies are just as cool as Brad Pitt and personality disorders), it was only natural for My Little Pony to come out out with its very own brand of Heinz pasta. Note: that’s 7.2 ounces of pasta ponies doused in tomato sauce. I bet it’s as blasphemous as it sounds.

Next on the Pony takeover? Drunk Pony Salt.

Heinz My Little Pony Pasta Shapes, available for $4.29 on Amazon.


Burger King Celebrating St. Paddy’s Day With Free Fries and Green Ketchup

Regardless of wearing green attire this upcoming St. Paddy’s Day Weekend, Burger King will acknowledge you as a human being with french fry-wanting needs. They will be giving away FREE fries on March 17th and March 18th. With no purchase necessary, the chain will be giving away 1 value-size fries per customer, while supplies last. Also on deck is Heinz Green St. Paddy’s Sauce, because dipping free french fries on St. Paddy’s weekend in anything that’s not green, just seems wrong. Don’t you think?

Fast Food News

Heinz “Dip and Squeeze” to Replace Traditional Ketchup Packets

Say goodbye to the old ketchup packets of your childhood and say hello to the new “Dip and Squeeze.”

The Wall Street Journal reports, H.J. Heinz Co. has developed this new design based on observing behaviors of consumers who found the old packets inconvenient. The “Dip and Squeeze” has two primary functions. You can tear off the top of the packet and squeeze the ketchup out, or you can peel back the lid and begin dipping straight from the packet.

The “Dip and Squeeze” packet will hold three times more ketchup than the traditional Heinz one. The packets were released earlier this year to select restaurants with plans to completely replace the traditional packets at the end of the year.

Maybe now I cant eat French fries on the freeway without getting a ticket.

[THX: Wall Street Journal Photo Credit: Martin F. Ramin, The Wall Street Journal]


Chick-fil-A’s ‘Free FryDay’ Waffle Fry Giveaway

Tomorrow (March 5th, 2011) Chick-fil-A is showcasing their change of ketchup packaging by using the new “Dip & Squeeze” ketchup, and offering up free waffle fries to customers between 2-4 p.m. During those two hours all one has to do is ask for the new Heinz Dip & Squeeze ketchup at the counter and the wonderful workers will graciously hand over a medium waffle fry to accompany it.


Heinz: New "Dip & Squeeze" Packaging


We’re looking at the latest product from the H.J. Heinz Co., a new ketchup packet that allows its end users to do what they’ve always wanted the option of doing…dunking…or…squeezing. With this new design, it has a base that’s perfect for any dipping needs you may have, but also a tear-off end ready to double as a squeezable packet for those detailed ketchup moments. Oh yeah, it holds three times as much ketchup goodness than the original ketchup packets. There is no word as to where these new packages will start showing up, but we will make sure to let you know when we know! (Thx PE)