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Kraft Heinz to eliminate 2500 jobs in the United States and Canada

In July Kraft Heinz announced it will move its Illinois headquarters from suburban Northfield to the Aon Center downtown Chicago (Courtesy Chicago Tribune)

Kraft Heinz says it is cutting about 2,500 jobs as part of its plan to slash costs after the food companies combined.

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.

In a statement, Mullen said Wednesday the job cuts are part of the company's process of integrating the two businesses and "designing our new organization."

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