Premier set to close site in Hampshire

first_imgPremier Foods is to close its Hovis distribution centre in Chandler’s Ford, Hampshire, due to a reduction in volumes of supermarket own-brand bread.The company has entered into consultation with staff and their representatives at the site, which employs around 60 people. A spokesman for Premier told British Baker that the proposed closure was due to a drop in sales of own-label bread.”As well as making the Hovis brand, we also manufacture a range of retailer-branded bread and other bakery products. During 2010, we continued to grow sales of Hovis. But we saw a decline in these other areas. The impact of this has been a reduction in volume, which has prompted a review of our distribution arrangements.”Value sales of own-label products in Hovis’ bakery division fell 22.1% (year ended 31 December 2010). Branded sales rose 1.7%.>>Hovis profits increase as wheat cost pressure riseslast_img read more

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Crash on I205 near state line stalling traffic

first_imgA crash on southbound Interstate 205 near the Oregon state line stalled — nearly stopped — traffic out of Vancouver on Friday morning.The crash was reported at 6:35 a.m. at Milepost 26, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation. A traffic alert said two left lanes were blocked. Emergency vehicles quickly responded to the scene.Drivers were delayed for more than an hour. Traffic started picking up shortly after 8 a.m., but traffic officials said the commute would be a crawl as vehicles were backed up all the way to Padden Parkway.last_img

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