News broke this week that PepsiCo is laying off hundreds of corporate headquarters-level employees. 

As reported in The Wall Street Journal: 

“The cuts affect the company’s North America beverage business, which is based in Purchase, N.Y., and its North America snacks and packaged-foods business, which has headquarters in Chicago and Plano, Texas, the people said. In a memo sent to staff that was viewed by the Journal, PepsiCo told employees that the layoffs were intended “to simplify the organization so we can operate more efficiently.” The cuts will be heavier in the beverage business because the snacks unit already has trimmed positions with a voluntary retirement program, the people said. PepsiCo makes Doritos, Lays potato chips and Quaker Oats, along with its namesake cola. As of Dec. 25 last year, PepsiCo employed about 309,000 people worldwide, including about 129,000 people in the U.S.”

The layoffs echo other those of other companies, outside of the more well-known tech sector layoffs, the WSJ reported:

“PepsiCo joins other companies, including Walmart Inc. and Ford Motor Co., that have been trimming white-collar workers even as they hold on to front-line staff. Meanwhile, an advertising slowdown has pushed many tech and media companies into layoff mode.”