Allied Bakeries has closed its Reading bakery, which once employed 196 staff, following a strategic review of its UK bakery operations.

The company shut the distribution depot and manufacturing plant on the Viscount Way site last month, and it closed the remaining plant this week.

The decision to close was “regrettable but necessary as the Reading site is not suitable for future development,” Allied Bakeries said in a statement. It needed to move production to sites which are bigger and have greater capacity, it said.

A consultation process with employees on the closure began in November 2005.

Allied said: “This has not been an easy decision and in no way reflects the efforts and commitment of our employees at the site.” 

Allied Bakeries thanked employees for their support.