Premier Foods has announced today that it is proposing to shut down a flour mill based in Dunaskin, Glasgow by the end of March.

The food business said the proposal has come following a review of its “milling capacity needs” as a result of reduced milling volumes, forming a broader strategy to “strengthen the milling business and build value in the company’s bread division”.

As a result of the move, consultations with the 15 employees affected by the proposal will take place in the next couple of days and Premier has said it hopes to be able to redeploy the majority of employees affected by this announcement to alternative roles within its other operations in the Glasgow area.

Bob Spooner, managing director of bread and group supply chain director, said: “We recognise the impact our proposal will have on our employees. However, given excess capacity in our milling network, it’s important we take the necessary steps to build a more sustainable milling business in the future.”

Premier Foods said the Glasgow mill is one of the company’s smallest, supplying flour to its Hovis bakery based in Duke Street

The news comes on the same day that Premier Foods has said it is to cut its UK wheat usage within its Hovis brand by a third, and two months after it announced that it was shutting down two of its bakeries in Birmingham and Greenford, resulting in 900 job losses.