Pinnacle Foods to close Parsippany Headquarters

Conagra Brands purchased Parsippany-based Pinnacle Foods in October 2018

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Conagra Brands, the food giant that purchased Pinnacle Foods for nearly $11 billion in October, is closing the 399 Jefferson Road location, saying 308 people would be laid off.

PARSIPPANY — Conagra Brands, the food giant that purchased Pinnacle Foods for nearly $11 billion in October, is closing the 399 Jefferson Road location, saying 308 people would be laid off.

The Parsippany property had served as headquarters for Pinnacle, maker of brands such as Duncan Hines, Vlasic and Birds Eye.

They also announced they will close the Cherry Hill location, 121 Woodcrest Road, laying off an additional 196 employees.

“As a result of an evaluation of its business needs in conjunction with the post-acquisition integration of Pinnacle Foods Inc., Conagra Brands Inc. has decided to make certain organizational changes,” resulting in the “complete, permanent closure” of the facilities, the company according to a federal WARN notice.

Some affected employees would be offered the chance to transfer to other Conagra sites, including Chicago and Omaha, Nebraska, while others would be able to apply for open positions at those sites. Conagra employs 17,000 people worldwide.

The closures would conclude in March for the Parsippany and in May for the Cherry Hill site, according to the notices.

Employees retained beyond December 31 would work remotely.

WARN notices normally cover mass layoffs or facility closings as part of the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act of 1989.

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