900 jobs to go at Premier Foods

Premier Foods has announced it will be closing two of its bakeries, in West London and Birmingham, with 900 jobs to go within its bread division. This includes at its well known brand, Hovis. This comes soon after the already announced closure of its Hampshire bakery.

The business is restructuring its logistics operations which has led to the need for the changes in the employment needs. In March Premier was given more time to pay its debts, and in order to do so and pay off £1bn of its debt it has had to sell off a number of its brands which it does not consider to be the core money makers. Already the company has sold off well known brands like Robertson’ jam and Branston.

The company’s chief executive, Michael Clarke, said the cuts were critical for securing the bread division’s future:

“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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