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.

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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

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