Heinz Australia will shed more than 300 jobs when it moves its Victoria, NSW and Queensland operations to New Zealand, it announced late last week.
The decision will result in the loss of 160 jobs at Golden Circle’s Northgate plant in Brisbane, 146 jobs at Girgarre in northern Victoria and another 38 jobs at Wagga Wagga, in NSW.
Heinz will shift production of sauces, beetroot and some meals products from these facilities to its operations in Hastings, it announced in a statement.
Heinz Australia CEO Nigel Comer said the decision was made after an extensive review of the company’s manufacturing operations.
“Our decision to consolidate manufacturing is a crucial step in our plan to become more competitive in a challenging environment, and to accelerate future growth in both markets,” Comer said.
Comer said Heinz expected to complete the manufacturing consolidation within 12 months.
He said Heinz Australia and Golden Circle would continue to operate four factories and employ 1400 people.
It was also investing $20 million to upgrade the beverage manufacturing facilities at Northgate and $5 million at Echuca’s baby food facility.