Premier Foods has announced that David Beever will step down as chairman of the company in 2017.

The company said in the statement that Beever wished to reduce his work commitments and this was the reason behind the change.

In 2017 Beever will have spent nine years on the board of the company, including five years as chairman.

The board will now commence an external search for his successor, led by Ian Krieger, senior independent director.

The company said in a statement: “The board would like to thank David for his continuing commitment to the business and for the key role he has played in the turnaround of the business. Any further updates on this process will be announced as appropriate.”

Last week Premier announced it is set to extend its on-the-go variants for Mr Kipling as part of its efforts to widen the brand’s appeal.