Threat To 250 Jobs At Heinz UK And Ireland
Food giant Heinz has warned that almost 250 jobs could be cut in the UK and Ireland.
The firm said it had developed a new "streamlined structure", which could include the loss of 248 office jobs, adding it regretted the impact it would have on its employees.
Earlier this month, Heinz laid off 600 employees in the United States.
Heinz said in a statement: "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 proposal is subject to a consultation process with employees and their representatives, and Heinz is committed to ensuring all employees are treated with the utmost respect and compassion."
It added that if a decision is made to proceed with the proposals, the company would offer enhanced severance benefits and help affected employees to pursue new career opportunities.
"The difficult actions we are proposing to take will, if implemented, better position the company to support and fund our next chapter of growth while further strengthening our world-leading brands," it added.
"Our new organisational structure will simplify, strengthen and leverage the company's global scale, while enabling faster decision-making, increased accountability, and accelerated growth."
In June, Berkshire Hathaway, the private equity firm operated by former richest man in the world Warren Buffett, and 3G Capital, which owns Burger King, acquired Heinz for £14.85bn.