Breaking News on Industrial Baking & Snacks

News > Manufacturers

News in brief

Hovis job cuts? ‘Same old story’ industry insider tells us

Post a comment

By Mike Stones+

Last updated on 25-Jul-2014 at 12:17 GMT

News of more than 200 job cuts at the Hovis bakery in Leicester should surprise no one, a key industry insider has told this website.

It’s the same old story of Premier Foods – which co-owns the bakery – retiring surplus capacity from the British bread market to the benefit of its competitors, such as Allied Bakeries and Warburtons, the source told Food

“It looks like the same old theory” the industry insider noted. “Close capacity to reflect lost volume. Then, watch market decline and share loss. Result: Hovis pays, while Allied Bakeries and Warburtons get a free ride.”

‘Allied Bakeries and Warburtons get a free ride’

Premier Foods’s announced on Wednesday (July 24) the bakery was to close by the end of next January with the loss of 204 jobs

A spokeswoman told “The proposal is part of the simplification and transformation of the company’s bread manufacturing operations which aims to improve efficiency, quality and customer service.”

Hovis bread will continue to be produced in the firm’s nine other UK bakeries, she added. A consultation period with 204 employees affected by the planned closure at the Thurmaston site has already begun.

Hovis Limited is a joint venture co-owned by Premier Foods and the US-based Gores Group. 

Subscribe to our FREE newsletter

Get FREE access to authoritative breaking news, videos, podcasts, webinars and white papers. SUBSCRIBE

Post a comment

Comment title *
Your comment *
Your name *
Your email *

We will not publish your email on the site

I agree to Terms and Conditions

These comments have not been moderated. You are encouraged to participate with comments that are relevant to our news stories. You should not post comments that are abusive, threatening, defamatory, misleading or invasive of privacy. For the full terms and conditions for commenting see clause 7 of our Terms and Conditions ‘Participating in Online Communities’. These terms may be updated from time to time, so please read them before posting a comment. Any comment that violates these terms may be removed in its entirety as we do not edit comments. If you wish to complain about a comment please use the "REPORT ABUSE" button or contact the editors.

Key Industry Events


Access all events listing

Our events, Events from partners...