Nov 20 2012
THE Hovis bakery and distribution centre is to close as 200 jobs face the axe.
Owner Premier Foods made the announcement this morning and has launched a three-month consultation with its workers at the centre in Greenford, neighbouring Harrow and Brent.
Further planned closures will see 900 job cuts at operations in Birmingham, Mendlesham and Plymouth.
A spokesman said staff would be given support to find further employment if and when the proposed closures and job cuts are finalised.
The factory in Oldfield Lane North has employed thousands of people in the Greenford area since the 1930s.
The company, which also owns Bisto, Sharwood’s and Mr Kipling, is simplifying its bread distribution network by cutting 130 routes. It comes a few weeks after it lost out on a significant but ‘low margin’
bread contract worth £75million annual sales.
Michael Clarke, chief executive of Premier Foods, said: “Having generated solid growth momentum in our grocery division, it is critical that 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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