Kraft to Cut Three-Quarters of Cadbury Head Office Jobs
Kraft Foods, the new US owner of Cadbury, is set to cut 120 head office jobs – resulting in almost three-quarters of the Uxbridge office’s staff becoming redundant.
According to The Independent, Kraft has begun a redundancy consultation with staff based in Uxbridge who work in management and administration. If the plans go ahead, just 45 of the current 165 staff-force will keep their jobs.
Since Kraft’s controversial take-over of Cadbury earlier this year, in which the Chicago-based firm was accused of using the dollarΓÇÖs strength to “cherry-pick” the best of the UK’s businesses, politicians and senior figures have spoken out against the take-over and many warned about such job cuts.
Commenting on the redundancies, a Kraft spokesman said:
“We always were clear that the global head office would be in Chicago and therefore that the UK based head office employees would go into a consultation about redundancy.”
A number of high-profile Cadbury staff reportedly had no desire or intention to work with Kraft, and many senior managers left the company upon completion of the take-over. This included chief executive Todd Stitzer, finance director Andrew Bonfield, and chief strategy officer Mark Reckitt.
Phil Rumbol was another high-profile casualty of the take-over. Having joined in 2006, he quickly became noted for his now-famous and award-winning ‘Gorilla’ TV advertisements, but left the company having turned down an offer to move to Zurich and join the companyΓÇÖs European head office.
Kraft has located its main UK offices at the existing Bourneville and Uxbridge its bases.