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Heinz is planning to sell its infant formula and cereals manufacturing plant in Kendal to a new company called Kendal Nutricare for undisclosed terms.

Heinz has acquired Kraft Foods to create a £19bn US-based food manufacturer, prompting speculation about the future of some of the 2,000 jobs in Wigan, Hayes, Kendal, Telford and Worcester.

Heinz is planning to expand the 118-strong workforce at its ketchup factory in Telford with up to 80 new jobs, in order to transfer production from Belgium.

Heinz, the US food manufacturer with 2,500 UK staff at sites in Hayes, Telford, Wigan and Worcester, is to be acquired by Berkshire Hathaway and 3G Capital for £18bn.

Heinz is to expand production at its Lea & Perrins sauce factory in Worcester by about 30% over the next year, with the creation of an unspecified number of jobs.

Heinz is to sell its frozen and chilled foods factory in Okehampton to a new company called Polestar Foods, with the transfer of 315 staff.

Heinz is planning to shed about 40 jobs in Grimsby, in order to relocate its finance and logistics operation to its Middlesex headquarters.

Heinz has sold the Linda McCartney vegetarian ready meals brand to Hain Celestial Group of the US for about £10m.

Heinz has sold its European seafood operations, including the John West fish brand in the UK, to Lehman Brothers Merchant Banking for £290m.

Heinz is to acquire the HP, Lea & Perrins and Amoy sauce brands from Danone, prompting speculation that up to 400 jobs could be cut at factories in Birmingham and Worcester and an office on London.

Heinz is to invest a further £2m in its Grimsby pizza factory, which will increase the product range and create new jobs later this year.

HJ Heinz has acquired John West Foods, the canned fish company, from Unilever.

Heinz has acquired Britwest, the Telford-based maker of single-serve condiments and drinks.