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.
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.
Over 500 jobs are to go at the Hovis factory and distribution operation in Birmingham. The owner, Premier Foods, is trying to restructure its struggling bread business.