Hovis bakery closes

The Hovis factory in Birmingham is set to close with the loss of 511 jobs as the struggling business makes cut backs.

Hovis bakery closes today

Hovis bakery in Birmingham Credit: PA

The Hovis bakery in Birmingham will finally cease production today, leaving hundreds of people out of work.

The decision to shut the Garretts Green factory came after owner Premier Foods lost a £75 million a year contract to supply Co-operative supermarkets.

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MPs support for Hovis workers "Brummies should bake the bread"

Lib-Dem Birmingham MP John Hemming has given his support to the Hovis workers set to lose their jobs at the Birmingham factory.

He said he will do what he can but cannot promise anything. The MP is set to talk to Premier Foods on Friday, the company that owns Hovis and will be talking to the Coop later today.

Hovis have blamed the 500 job cuts in Birmingham on losing a 'significant contract' with the supermarket chain.

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Factory bakes 1.2 million Hovis loaves a week

Birmingham Hovis Bakery Credit: ITV Central

David Seeckts, Head of Manufacturing Midlands at Premier Foods said the 511 jobs were going at Birmingham because the firm lost a significant bread contract for 2013 and because of general competition and the nature of the industry.

David Seeckts, Head of Manufacturing at Hovis factories in Midlands Credit: ITV Central

The Birmingham site opened in 1964. There are 323 production jobs and 188 in distribution.

The plan is for the closure to go ahead by the second quarter of next year.

Tanker unloading today at Hovis factory in Garretts Green Birmingham Credit: ITV Central

500 Job losses due to losing "significant bread contract for 2013"

David Seeckts, Head of Manufacturing Midlands at Premier Foods said the 511 jobs were going at Birmingham because the firm lost a significant bread contract for 2013 and because of general competition and the nature of the industry.

The Birmingham factory makes 1.2 million Hovis loaves a week. He says there is no threat to the Hovis brand. There are 13 bakeries in total. The Birmingham site opened in 1964. There are 323 production jobs and 188 in distribution.

The plan is for the closure to go ahead by the second quarter of next year.

There are also bakeries in Nottingham and Leicester. Management say these are not part of the current redundancy proposals.

Birmingham Hovis factory to close

The Hovis factory in Birmingham is set to close with the loss of 511 jobs as the struggling business makes cut backs.

Several factories across England are being closed by Premier Foods, the owner of Hovis.

The business has been hit by rising costs of wheat caused by poor weather and stiff competition in the bread market.

"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"

– Michael Clarke, Premier Chief Executive