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Heinz cutting 600 jobs in US, Canada

The former Heinz factory, now home to loft apartments, on Pittsburgh’s North Side.

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The former Heinz factory, now home to loft apartments, on Pittsburgh’s North Side.

PITTSBURGH — Food company H.J. Heinz Co. is eliminating 600 jobs across the United States and in Canada, including 350 in Pittsburgh, nearly a third of its operation there, it said Tuesday.

The company was sold in June and the layoffs were the result of a review of operations, spokesman Michael Mullen said. They’re intended to enable faster decision-making, increased accountability, and accelerated growth, he said.

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Mullen said that as part of the transition to a private company, the Heinz leadership ‘‘examined every piece of our business to better position Heinz in a very competitive global market’’ and that review ‘‘resulted in a number of difficult but necessary organizational changes.’’

Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway and the Brazilian investment firm 3G Capital bought the company in a $23.3 billion deal.

Heinz is offering severance packages and outplacement services to people who lost jobs, Mullen said.

Mullen said Heinz will remain headquartered in Pittsburgh, where it was founded in 1869.

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