Kraft Heinz slashing 2,500 jobs in US, Canada, 165 in Wisconsin

Freeman Staff

Aug. 12, 2015

NEW YORK - Kraft Heinz says it is cutting about 2,500 jobs as part of its plan to slash costs after the food companies combined. Of those positions, 165 will be in the Madison facility at 910 Mayer Ave. 

Spokesman Michael Mullen says affected workers are in the U.S. and Canada and were to be notified in person. About 700 of the cuts were coming in Northfield, Illinois, where Kraft had been headquartered.   

The company would not specify where other cuts were taking place but said that all the jobs were salaried. It said none of the job cuts involved factory workers.  

The Kraft Heinz Co. said it had a total of around 46,600 employees before the cuts. That included about 1,900 in Northfield.  

The job cuts are not surprising, given the reputation of the company's management on Wall Street.   

The combination of Pittsburgh-based Heinz and Kraft earlier this year was engineered by Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway and Brazilian investment firm 3G Capital, which has become known for its tight cost controls.

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