RHM-owned British Bakeries is nearing the end of a two-week review of production at its Newcastle bakery, which produces Hovis and Mother’s Pride bread.

The Westerhope bakery’s 250 staff have been told the company is looking at shifting production to its other bakeries in the south, to reduce supply chain costs. They have been told that redundancies may be made.

A spokesman said: "RHM regularly reviews its manufacturing capacity and supply chain and, as part of that review, is assessing production at its Newcastle bakery. RHM is liaising with trade union officials and will keep all parties informed."