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Kraft Heinz cutting 200 jobs

Kraft Heinz confirmed Thursday it is cutting 200 jobs in the United States and Canada. | Getty Images

Kraft Heinz confirmed Thursday it is cutting 200 jobs in the United States and Canada.

The food company, which has co-headquarters in Chicago and Pittsburgh, said the layoffs come after merging two IT systems and consolidating the structure of its U.S. operations. The company employs about 42,000 people worldwide.

A company spokesman wouldn’t say if, or to what extent, Chicago-area operations are affected by the layoffs.

“Following a careful and thorough review of our business needs, both now and in the future, the company made the very difficult but necessary decision to eliminate approximately 200 positions across the U.S. and Canada,” spokesman Michael Mullen said in an email.

Affected employees have been notified, Mullen said. Severance packages include at least six months of salary and benefits, and outplacement services.

Kraft Heinz eliminated about 2,500 jobs, including 700 in Northfield, a year ago as part of its plan to slash costs after the food companies combined. Kraft was based in Northfield before the 2015 merger. The company moved its executive offices to the Aon Center earlier this year.