Tasty Baking Company/Philadelphia. announced today it will eliminate 32 positions at its former corporate office over the next several months. The move is a result of the company’s merger with Georgia-based Flowers Foods in May.
“While we anticipated that this would be the case, it is still very difficult not only because we appreciate the service these individuals have given our company, but because we know it affects them and their families,” reads a statement from Paul Ridder, Tasty Baking’s Philadelphia president. Ridder is the company’s former CFO and senior vice president.
The company will still employ about 700 people at the Navy Yard and Oxford facilities, and Ridder said the company expects to add local manufacturing and sales jobs as Tasty Baking expands its reach. Tastykakes started selling in Georgia, Florida and Alabama last month.
Ridder’s announcement says those losing their jobs, due mostly to overlaps and redundancies after the merger, will receive a “competitive severance package” and job assistance.