Kraft Heinz

The Kraft Heinz Company (KHC), commonly known as Kraft Heinz, is an American food company formed by the merger of Kraft Foods and Heinz and is co-headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.[5][6] Kraft Heinz is the third-largest food and beverage company in North America and the fifth-largest in the world with $25.0 billion in annual sales as of 2019.[7][8]

The Kraft Heinz Company
Traded as
IndustryFood processing
FoundedJuly 2, 2015; 5 years ago (2015-07-02)
Area served
Key people
Alex Behring (Chairman)
John Cahill (Vice chairman)
Miguel Patricio (CEO)
Paulo Basilio (Chief financial officer)
Convenience foods
Snack foods
RevenueDecrease US$24.97 billion (2019)
Increase US$3.07 billion (2019)
Increase US$1.94 billion (2019)
Total assetsDecrease US$101.45 billion (2019)
Total equityDecrease US$51.75 billion (2019)
OwnersBerkshire Hathaway (27%)
3G Capital (20%)[2]
Number of employees
38,757[3] (2020)
DivisionsKraft Foods
Footnotes / references

In addition to Kraft and Heinz, over 20 other brands are part of the company's profile including Boca Burger; Gevalia; Grey Poupon, Oscar Mayer, Philadelphia Cream Cheese, Planters, Primal Kitchen, and Wattie's of which eight have total individual sales of over $1 billion.[9] Kraft Heinz ranked No. 114 in the 2018 Fortune 500 list of the largest United States corporations based on 2017 total revenue.[10]


The merger of Kraft Foods and H.J. Heinz was agreed by the boards of both companies, with approval by shareholders and regulatory authorities in early 2015.[11][12] The new Kraft Heinz Company became the world's fifth-largest food and beverage company[13] and the third-largest in the United States.[11][14] The Kraft Heinz co-headquarters are in Chicago at the Aon Center and in Pittsburgh at PPG Place, with other offices across the United States, Canada, South America, Europe, Asia, and Australia.[15] The companies completed the merger on July 2, 2015.[16]

The merger did not affect the naming rights to Heinz Field, home of the Pittsburgh Steelers.[17]

On February 17, 2017, it was reported that Kraft Heinz Co. had made a $143 billion approach to take over the British-Dutch multinational Unilever, a significantly larger competitor with 126,000 more employees and £24bn larger revenue than Kraft Heinz.[18] Unilever declined the initial proposal.[19] The takeover was subsequently abandoned on February 19 soon after UK Prime Minister Theresa May had ordered a scrutiny of the deal.[18]

In May 2018, Kraft Heinz launched Springboard Brands, a business focused on growing organic, natural, and "super-premium" food brands.[20][21] Later that year, it was announced Kraft Heinz would acquire the Primal Kitchen brand as part of the company's Springboard Incubator.[22] The $200 million deal was completed in early 2019 and was expected to generate $50 million in new annual revenue.

In July 2018, Kraft Heinz announced it was committing to make all of its global packaging recyclable, reusable or compostable by 2025.[23]

In April 2019, it was announced Miguel Patricio, former Chief Marketing Officer of InBev would replace Bernardo Hees as CEO of Kraft Heinz.[24] Patricio took position of CEO in late June 2019 and Alex Behring remained chairman of the company.[25] Later that year, Paulo Basilio returned to his role at Chief Financial Officer and Corrado Azzarita assumed the position of Chief Information Officer.[26][27]

In September 2020, Kraft Heinz reached a deal to sell part of its cheese business to French multinational dairy products corporation Lactalis for $3.2 billion.[28][29] Kraft Heinz will retain Philadelphia Cream Cheese, Kraft Singles, Velveeta Processed Cheese and Cheez Whiz Processed Cheese businesses in the U.S. and Canada.[30] This also includes the Kraft, Velveeta and Cracker Barrel Mac & Cheese businesses and the Kraft Sauces business worldwide.

On September 16, 2020 Kraft Heinz released its 2020 Environmental Social Governance (ESG) report.[31] The report includes a goal to make 100% of Kraft Heinz product packaging recyclable, reusable, or compostable by 2025 and plans to sustainably source 100 percent of Heinz Ketchup tomatoes by 2025.[32]


As of 2020, in addition to both Kraft and Heinz, many more global brands are included in the Kraft Heinz portfolio:[33]


For the fiscal year 2017, Kraft Heinz reported earnings of US$11.0 billion, with an annual revenue of US$26.2 billion, a decline of 0.6% over the previous fiscal cycle. Kraft Heinz's shares traded at over $61 per share, and its market capitalization was valued at over US$136 billion in September 2018.[34]

In February 2019, shares in Kraft Heinz fell to a record low of under $35, after the company reported a $10.2bn loss for the previous year as the company announced that it would take a $15.4 billion write down of its Kraft and Oscar Mayer brands, slashed its dividend, and acknowledged that the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission had opened a probe into its accounting practices.[35] In August 2019 Kraft Heinz announced a further $1.22 billion in write downs.[36] In August 2019, Kraft Heinz announced it was bringing back its former CFO, Paulo Basilio, who had served in the position until 2017, to replace David Knopf, saying it wanted a "seasoned veteran" in the job following a series of accounting errors.[37]

In September 2020, Kraft Heinz announced its new enterprise strategy including plans to cut $2 billion in costs over five years resulting in an estimated generation of 4% to 6% adjusted earnings per share growth.[38] The announcement resulted in multiple stock upgrades by CFRA and Guggenheim due to the renewed positive financial outlook of the company.[39]

Year Revenue
in mil. USD-$
Net income
in mil. USD-$
Price per Share
in USD-$
2010 17,797 3,534
2011 18,576 1,775
2012 18,271 1,637
2013 11,529 1,013
2014 10,922 −63
2015 18,338 −266 77.01 42,000
2016 26,487 3,452 81.91 41,000
2017 26,232 10,999 61.75 39,000
2018 26,300 −10,200
2019 24,977 1,935

See alsoEdit


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