- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 4, 2015

BREINIGSVILLE, Pa. (AP) - Kraft Heinz will close a plant in the Lehigh Valley with about 400 employees as part of its North American downsizing.

The Upper Macungie Township factory has operated since 1972 and makes a variety of products, including condiments such as A.1. Steak Sauce and Grey Poupon mustard and on-demand coffee products for Kuerig and Tassimo products. It stopped production of Kraft natural cheese products three years ago.

Company spokesman Michael Mullen said production in closed plants will be shifted to other factories over the next 12 to 24 months.

The company, co-headquartered in Chicago and Pittsburgh, was formed from the merger of Kraft and Heinz earlier this year.

Seven plants in the U.S. and Canada will be closed, eliminating 2,600 jobs, about 14 percent of its North American factory workforce.

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