Ketchup maker Heinz is considering up to 250 job cuts in the UK and Ireland. The axed positions would likely be in office functions across the region.
The company, which was taken private earlier this year by billionaire businessman Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway and Jorge Paulo Lemann's 3G Capital, employs around 2600 people across its UK and Irish operations.
"As part of our transition to a private company, the senior leadership team has examined every part of our global business to better position Heinz for accelerated growth in a very competitive global market," the company said.
According to a spokesman for the company, Michael Mullen, the proposals “may result in the elimination of 248 office positions across the U.K. and Ireland. We regret the impact this may have.”
“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,” Mullen added.
Pittsburgh-based Heinz cut 600 jobs at its US operations earlier this month.
The company employs 2,600 members of staff across its UK and Irish sites, with main its locations at Hayes, Uxbridge, Wigan, Kendal, Telford, Westwick in Norfolk, Worcester and Dundalk in Ireland.
© 2013 - ESM: European Supermarket Magazine by Ellen Lunney