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Consolidation Of Some Trans Tasman Production

Media Statement May 27, 2011

Consolidation Of Some Trans Tasman Production

The Managing Director of Heinz Australia and Regional CEO of Australia, New Zealand and Japan for HJ Heinz, Nigel Comer, has today announced productivity initiatives to consolidate manufacturing to create a stronger foundation for future growth in the Australian and New Zealand markets.

After an extensive review of the trans Tasman manufacturing footprint and capabilities, the decision has been made to consolidate production of sauces, beetroot, and some canned meal products from facilities Girgarre (Victoria), Brisbane and Wagga Wagga (NSW), to facilities in Hastings.

Heinz Wattie’s Chief Operating Officer Michael Gibson says Heinz operates a number of factories across Australia and New Zealand and share production between the two countries depending on how customers and consumers can be best served in both markets. The decision to consolidate manufacturing is a critical step in the plan to become more competitive in a challenging environment and to accelerate future growth.

“While an opportunity for Heinz Wattie’s Ltd in New Zealand, our first priority is to work closely with the Australian employees affected by these changes.

“These changes to our business will be implemented within 12 months. While a small number of new positions will be created, the Hastings facilities have the infrastructure to absorb the additional volumes into current operations. Due to the significance of these decisions there is a lot of detail yet to be confirmed in both countries.”

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