Kraft Heinz CEO: Why We Like Working With Warren Buffett
Kraft Heinz has deal-making in its blood.

Kraft Heinz (KHC) CEO and 3G Capital partner Bernardo Hees is one big bundle of energy. 

From trying to transform packaged food giant Kraft Heinz in an era of organic food eaters to plotting future deals to rubbing elbows with billionaire Warren Buffett, Hees has a lot on his plate. Hees tells TheStreet he has liked working with Buffett because of his super long-term focus. 

TheStreet sat down with Hees to discuss Kraft Heinz's future. Below are several excerpts from the interview. 

On Acquisitions:

"Look, we dream big and that's not going to go away," Hees says. "We like solid brands, we like businesses that could travel internationally and be global and we like businesses with synergies that you can capture and then reinvest."

The like-able, hard-working, data driven Hees isn't joking around here. Kraft Heinz made a $143 billion play last year for consumer products giant Unilever (UL) , which was quickly rebuffed.

Hees declined to say if a deal was coming within the next year. But he really hammered home the importance of finding the right strategic fit, whether it's a small or large company.

Watch TheStreet's full interview with Hees below.

On Working With Warren Buffett:

Buffett recently announced he will retire from the Kraft Heinz board in April as he streamlines his travel schedule. The Oracle of Omaha has worked closely with 3G Capital through the years, helping to finance some of its biggest transactions. 

"We think a lot alike, I have learned tremendously from him," Hees says. "[With Warren] it's not about what the quarter looks like, it's more about how I am building for the long run."

On a Potential Buffett Successor:

While Buffett prepares to exit the Kraft Heinz board, staying on will be rumored Berkshire Hathaway BRK.A CEO successor Greg Abel. Abel joined the Kraft Heinz board in July 2015. 

"I am a big fan of Greg Abel, he has been very supportive of us all the time," Hees says. "He is very pragmatic, asks what we need for the long term -- I have a lot of respect for him, he has been helping the business since the beginning."

Sounds very Buffett-like. 

On Transforming Kraft Heinz:

Much has been made about 3G Capital's cost-cutting mindset, but what gets lost is that the investment firm does invest in its companies. 

"If you see our cycles, there is an optimization cycle to generate a lot of resources so you can reinvest in the brands and products and people, and then you start on the organic growth path," Hees says. "Kraft Heinz is no different -- we are starting to invest significantly $300 million in commercial initiatives."

Adds Hees, "A lot of our competitors are leaving the store, I am investing in the store."

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