Merger in March created third-largest North American food company
Heinz, backed by Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway and Brazilian private equity firm 3G Capital — known as an aggressive cost-cutter — combined with Kraft in March in a US$46-billion deal that created the third-largest North American food company.
Kraft Heinz currently has about 46,000 employees, including about 1,900 at the company's headquarters, spokesman Michael Mullen in an emailed statement to Reuters on Wednesday.
The combined Kraft Heinz has said it expects to save about US$1.5 billion in annual costs by the end of 2017.
It also implemented many smaller curbs on spending, such as limiting employee use of company printers to 200 pages per month.
Kraft Heinz shares were down 0.8 per cent at US$77.32 in early trading. The shares have risen about nine per cent since they started trading on July 6.