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Hundreds of jobs axed by food firm

Thursday November 22nd 2012

Hundreds of jobs have been axed with the closure of two bakeries by Hovis owner Premier Foods.

More than half the job cuts will be in Birmingham, where the closure of a factory and distribution site will result in 511 staff being laid off.

Nearly 200 posts will go at the Hovis site in Greenford, west London, and Premier Foods distribution centres in Mendlesham, Suffolk, and Plymouth will also close, making 95 staff redundant.

Premier, which is based in St Albans, has blamed tough market conditions for its cuts, with Hovis facing strong competition and soaring wheat prices due to bad weather.

It has also lost a contract with a major grocery chain which was worth £75 million a year because it could not agree terms, causing the closure of the two supply centres.

Employees are being consulted on the plans, which are proposed to take place in 2013.

Copyright Press Association 2012

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