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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.

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.’’

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

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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.