Heinz to cut additional 250 jobs in UK, Ireland



The H.J. Heinz Co.'s new management is continuing its global assessment of the business, and is now proposing cutting about 250 jobs in the Pittsburgh food company's United Kingdom and Ireland operations.

The cuts follow the elimination last week of 600 salaried office positions, including 350 jobs in the Pittsburgh area, that came from the company's U.S. and Canada operations. Heinz now has about 800 employees in this region.

"Heinz continues to examine every aspect of our business globally to ensure we are operating as efficiently and effectively as possible in order to reach our growth goals," said Michael Mullen, senior vice president of corporate and government affairs, when queried today on the reports in UK media outlets.

The company founded in Sharpsburg in 1869 was acquired earlier this year by 3G Capital and Berkshire Hathaway for more than $28 billion in cash and debt. Heinz has about 32,000 employees around the globe, but cuts were expected based on the track record of the new owners in other acquisitions.

Last week, when Heinz announced the jobs cuts in its North America division, Mr. Mullen had said the senior management was looking at proposals meant to create a flatter, leaner organizational structure. He said at the time that employees around the globe would be advised of decisions as they were made.

In today's statement, Mr. Mullen said the company's evaluation process has led to a plan for a new streamlined structure for Heinz operations in what is another of the historic food company's more established markets.

"Subject to a consultation process, the proposals may result in the elimination of 248 office positions across the UK and Ireland," he said. "We regret the impact this may have on Heinz UK and Ireland employees."

He said Heinz has approximately 2,500 people, both salaried and hourly, in the UK.

Teresa F. Lindeman: tlindeman@post-gazette.com or at 412-263-2018.

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Teresa F. Lindeman: tlindeman@post-gazette.com or at 412-263-2018. First Published August 21, 2013 7:45 PM


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