Premier Foods set to close site in Mendlesham

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Premier Foods, the makers of Hovis, have announced it plans to close a distribution site in Mendlesham - cutting 45 jobs.

Proposals have been developed to close two bakery sites in Greenford and Birmingham during 2013 and consolidate production in its remaining sites.

The company also plan to simplify the distribution side of the business, closing distribution centres in Greenford, Birmingham, Plymouth and Mendlesham and removing 130 of its distribution routes.

Together these proposals will result in 900 fewer jobs across the company’s bread division.

The closures are subject to consultation with employees but are scheduled to take place early next year.

Michael Clarke, Chief Executive Officer at 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.

“We recognise the impact of 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.”

For more see Friday’s Bury Free Press