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Heinz restructure

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Friday, 27 May 2011


The Government regrets job losses announced by Heinz as part of an international restructure.

The decision announced today in Pittsburgh, USA, will see five factories around the world close (two in Europe, two in the USA and one in Australia) and others scaled back, with the loss of up to 1000 jobs globally.

The Australian Government was not approached by the company prior to the announcement.

My Department has been assured today that Heinz has guaranteed all entitlements and will provide redundancy packages, counselling, job search services, new skills training and retirement planning services. Affected growers are being offered financial and other assistance for transition to other crops or supply arrangements.

I note that Heinz is also investing $25 million in its beverage facilities in Brisbane and baby food plant in Echuca.

The food industry is important to Australia - especially regional Australia - and the Government provides significant support to many companies involved in the growing, manufacture or retailing of food.

The Government is working with hundreds of companies in the food processing sector to attract investment and jobs. Through the Food Processing Industry Strategy Group, the government, industry, unions and businesses are working together to develop an innovation strategy.

Media contact: Aban Contractor, Minister’s office, 0457 989 842