TARRYTOWN, N.Y. The Kraft Foods Company will be closing its Tarrytown offices and moving most of its local employees to Chicago by the end of the the year.
About 225 employees of Kraft's beverages business unit will be transferred from the company's Tarrytown location to Chicago by December 2012 as part of a major company restructuring, Kraft spokesperson Mike Mitchell said. That number includes some in the research and development area of desserts.
Mitchell said about 140 research and development staff would be staying in the New York-New Jersey area at a site yet to be determined. The fate of the remaining 75 employees is still up in the air, Mitchell said.
We anticipate by the middle of the year people will have a good sense of where they'll be, Mitchell said, noting that employees have already begun to meet with the Human Resources division to discuss the changes.
Kraft announced Tuesday that it would be realigning its workforce and consolidating management centers in the United States throughout 2012 as it splits into two public companies, one for groceries and one for snacks.
Kraft said approximately 1,600 positions in North America would be eliminated from its sales, corporate and business unit areas. About 20 percent of those jobs are open positions, the company said.
"Consolidating our management locations is a sound business move," said Tony Vernon, Executive Vice President and President, Kraft Foods North America and CEO of the future grocery company. "Having the majority of our business units together in one location will provide greater development opportunities for our people and will help us continue building our brands more efficiently and collaboratively."