Allied Bakeries to axe production at Gateshead plant

image captionA consultation will take place with affected staff

More than 100 jobs could be cut at a bakery firm on Tyneside following a review of the company's operations.

Allied Bakeries has announced plans to end manufacturing at Gateshead from next February.

The company has begun a consultation with the 119 affected staff at the Team Valley site with a view to potential redundancies.

A spokesman for the Bakers, Food and Allied Workers Union said it was hoped that many of them could be redeployed.

Distribution and transport depot operations, which involve a further 144 staff, will be unaffected.

Pat Love, general manager of Allied Bakeries Northern Region, said: "The potential closure of manufacturing at Gateshead has been an extremely tough decision and in no way reflects the commitment and efforts of all those who are currently working there.

"Our announcement is in response to the highly competitive nature of the market we operate in, the level of investment needed to bring the site to an acceptable standard, the need to strengthen our overall capabilities and our ability to respond to change in the future.

"Our focus now is working with those who are likely to be affected by the company's proposal."

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