Kraft Heinz cuts about 200 workers, including some in Chicago

Kraft Heinz laid off about 200 employees in the U.S. and Canada on Thursday, including some in Chicago, as part of ongoing efforts to reduce costs, the company said.

In a statement, Kraft Heinz spokesman Michael Mullen called the layoffs a “difficult but necessary decision.” He declined to say how many jobs were cut from the company’s Chicago workforce, which totals more than 2,000 people. The food manufacturer, which is co-headquartered in Chicago’s Aon Center and in Pittsburgh, also has a research and development facility in Glenview.

“We regret the impact this decision has on employees and their families. We appreciate the many contributions our colleagues have made to our company, and, as always, we are committed to treating all employees with the utmost respect and dignity throughout this process,” Mullen said in the statement.

The layoffs are the latest wave of the thousands of positions that either have been or will be eliminated as Kraft Heinz tries to cut $1.5 billion in costs by the end of 2017. H.J. Heinz completed its purchase of Kraft Foods Group last July, forming Kraft Heinz. About a month later, the company laid off 700 workers at Kraft’s former corporate headquarters in north suburban Northfield.