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Kraft Foods Group will phase out its fleet of 200 tractors and 700 trailers by the end of 2014, a company spokeswoman said.
Joyce Hodel, a corporate affairs specialist for the Northfield, Illinois-based company, said the decision to eliminate the fleet reflects a desire to work more closely with contract and for-hire carriers that already transport products and materials to Kraft’s production facilities and distribution centers.
“This is not a reflection on our fleet employees,” Hodel said in an interview with Transport Topics. “It’s part of a broader focus on supply chain integration.”
The change will occur in three phases — late June, early August and late September — and result in the loss of jobs for 260 drivers and 25 support staff at 10 locations in the United States.