US food company Interstate Bakeries Corporation (IBC) has announced plans to close its bakery in Buffalo, New York.

The closing, scheduled for 23 October 2004, will affect approximately 200 employees.

The Buffalo facility primarily makes bread and rolls, sold under various brand names, including Wonder, Home Pride and Beefsteak, as well as doughnuts sold under the Hostess brand name.

Production will be transferred to other IBC bakeries. The company said the closure will not affect distribution of IBC products to food stores in upstate New York and other markets.

"We are consolidating operations company-wide and seeking production efficiencies. The Buffalo bakery, which was built in 1923, is not as efficient as some of our other facilities. As a result, we concluded that economically it was best for the company to close the facility," said James Elsesser, IBC's chief executive officer.