By Daniel Hunter

900 jobs are to be cut at Premier Food, the makers of Hovis bread, following the closure of two bakeries.

The company said it would close two bakery sites in Greenford, west London and Birmingham some time next year.

Premier, which is the country's largest branded food producer, is also simplifying its bread distribution network by cutting some 130 routes.

“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," Michael Clarke, Chief Executive Officer of Premier Foods said.

"By simplifying our cost base, we can increase focus on improving efficiency, quality and service levels to help grow our core Hovis business. 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”.

The closures come on top of the previously announced closure of its bakery in Eastleigh, Hampshire.

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