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216 Minnesota Kellogg's workers will be let go

Kellogg's is making changes to how it handles distribution.

More than 200 people who work for Kellogg's in Minnesota will be let go.

The food giant, which is known for its cereals and snacks, said in February it's making some changes to its distribution system. Those changes are going to result in 216 workers being laid off as the Vadnais Heights facility is shut down.

The exact figure was reported by the Star Tribune. Kellogg's confirmed it to GoMN, and said the distribution change "was a difficult decision because of its impact on employees." The company held a hiring event there last fall.

The Twin Cities Business Journal says the layoffs will come in July and August, with truck drivers, merchandisers, sales reps and warehouse workers among those impacted.

Broadly speaking, Kellogg's is changing its distribution strategy – instead of using its own network of deliveries direct to stores, the company will shift to a warehouse model that Pringles and other Kellogg's-owned brands use. The shift is supposed to be completed by the final quarter of 2017.

A Kellogg's spokesperson in a statement said retailer distribution networks will pick up some of the slack created by this change – and that Kellogg's has been actively talking with some to find potential new job positions for the affected employees.

The Vadnais Heights building is a one-story structure built in 1984, according to property records. Kellogg's has a number of places that employ workers around the state, including in the Twin Cities and central Minnesota. Check out job listings here.

The company had $13.5 billion in sales in 2015.

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