US food company Kellogg has confirmed it is shedding 79 jobs, some 67 of them at its headquarters in Battle Creek, Michigan.

The cereal giant said it will cut the number of salaried workers with effect from 25 February.

It said the losses are part of its plan to restructure the North American division (KNA), which initially resulted in 30 Battle Creek jobs being cut last November.

In a statement sent to just-food, Kris Bahner, senior vice president for global corporate affairs at Kellogg, said: “Our recent KNA structure changes presented an opportunity to redesign our Global Growth Team (GGT) organisation, many of whom have moved into KNA-specific roles. Our leaner and more agile GGT organisation will be focused on prioritised initiatives that deliver accelerated growth.

“To ensure we have the right balance of resources in our Global Growth Team, we are announcing the elimination of some roles and the creation of others to support new priority capabilities. The net result will be 79 fewer positions in the GGT organisation – 67 of those employees are based in Battle Creek. The remainder of the impacted positions are spread throughout the US.”

Last week, after reporting a 16.5% year-on-year reduction in its operating profit for the fourth quarter of 2018 to US$326m, Kellogg said it will continue to invest and plans to revitalise its brands as its seeks to “pivot” back to growth.

But it warned operating profits are likely to remain flat for some time and has also cautioned about increased costs linked to Brexit, the UK’s imminent departure from the European Union.