Jobs at risk as Premier Foods proposes Greenford bakery closure

07:47 20 November 2012

The company behind Hovis has announced cost saving plans. File picture: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

The company behind Hovis has announced cost saving plans. File picture: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

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The makers of Hovis bread have announced proposals to close their bakery and distribution site in Ealing with the loss of almost 200 jobs.

Premier Foods said shutting the Greenford facility would ensure the long term future of its bread division.

The plans also include shutting its bakery in Birmingham and closing distribution operations in Mendlesham and Plymouth.

In total, after restructuring has taken place in the company’s outsourced logistics operations, 900 jobs are at risk.

Michael Clarke, chief executive of Premier Foods said: “Having generated solid growth momentum in our grocery division, it is critical that we act to assure the long-term future of the bread division.

“By simplifying our cost base, we can increase focus on improving efficiency, quality and service levels to help grow our core Hovis business. We recognise the impact these actions will have for our employees at the sites affected.

“Decisions will not be taken lightly but they are necessary if we are to build a strong and successful future for the bread division and those who remain with our business”.

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