Kraft Foods to cut up to 1,600 positions

January 17, 2012 - 1:50 PM

NORTHFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Kraft Foods Inc. says it will cut 1,600 positions in North America this year as it prepares to split its business in two.

The Northfield, Ill.-based food company said Tuesday that it plans to eliminate the positions throughout the U.S. and Canada primarily from sales, corporate and other business units. It will not reduce its manufacturing. About 20 percent of the job eliminations are currently open positions.

Kraft is also reducing the number of its U.S. management centers for its grocery business to two from four.

Kraft announced in August that it would split its snack and grocery business into two companies and said these moves are needed to help the businesses run more effectively.