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Heinz to make statement on Thursday regarding Leamington, Ont., plant

LEAMINGTON, Ont. - Food giant Heinz is expected to make a statement Thursday on negotiations which could save a southwestern Ontario processing plant from complete closure. The international company — a major employer in Leamington, Ont. — announced plans last November to shutter its facility by late June, putting close to 800 full-time employees out of work. The mayor of Leamington said Wednesday that the company now plans to shed some light on efforts being made to save the plant.

Wynne offers $200k to help Leamington recover in wake of Heinz closure

LEAMINGTON, Ont. - Premier Kathleen Wynne says those affected by the planned closure of the Heinz plant in Leamington, Ont., will be getting aid from the government. Wynne travelled to the southwestern Ontario tomato-growing centre on Friday to announce the province will provide up to $200,000 from the Communities in Transition program. Wynne says the funding will help Leamington identify and pursue new opportunities for growth.

Heinz factory closures to hit 1,350 jobs

Ketchup maker Heinz plans to close three North American plants employing 1,350 workers as it consolidates manufacturing in a cost-cutting effort. Heinz will shutter facilities in Florence, South Carolina; Pocatello, Idaho; and Leamington, Ontario in Canada over the next six to eight months, transferring the functions to other manufacturing sites in the US and Canada, a Heinz spokesman said in a statement. The company plans to add 470 employees across five existing facilities in Ohio, Iowa, California and Canada.

Ketchup-maker Heinz closing Ontario plant in 2014, cutting more than 700 jobs

LEAMINGTON, Ont. - After more than a century operating in the heart of Ontario's tomato country, ketchup-maker Heinz Canada is closing the doors of its plant in Leamington next year. The food manufacturer and processor said Thursday that the shutdown will be phased in over the next six to eight months and will cut 740 full-time, permanent jobs. Up to 500 seasonal workers hired each year during tomato-harvesting season will also be affected. Heinz has been in Leamington for more than a century, after choosing the city in 1909 for its first expansion outside the United States.

McDonald's drops Heinz Ketchup

McDonalds said Friday it was dropping ketchup king Heinz as a supplier of the key hamburger condiment, citing management changes at Heinz that put the company closer to rival Burger King. McDonald's said it was ending a relationship of over 40 years as it axed Heinz from its supplier list. "As a result of recent management changes at Heinz, we have decided to transition our business to other suppliers over time," it said. In February US investment star Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway together with Brazil's 3G Capital took over Heinz in a $28 billion deal.

Berkshire, 3G buy ketchup maker Heinz in $28bn deal

Billionaire Warren Buffett's investment powerhouse Berkshire Hathaway and Brazilian-led 3G Capital announced Thursday they would take over venerable US ketchup maker Heinz in a deal worth $28 billion. The buyers heralded 144-year-old HJ Heinz Co's strong, global portfolio of prepared food brands, which Buffett called "great tasting" products. The two buyers will pay Heinz shareholders $72.50 per share in cash -- a 20 percent premium on Heinz's Wednesday closing price.

Not just ketchup and beans: Heinz around the world

Heinz, which is being taken over by Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway and 3G Capital in a $28 billion deal, built its name on tomato ketchup and canned baked beans. But today, it has a powerful portfolio of popular food brands in markets around the world. Heinz Tomato Ketchup and the company's Lea & Perrins Worcestershire Sauce are distributed globally. In addition, they have: US and Canada: Heinz canned soups and beans, baby foods, bottled sauces and prepared pasta meals, Ore-Ida frozen potatoes and Smart Ones low-calorie frozen meals
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