The UK’s Allied Bakeries, owned by conglomerate Associated British Foods, has announced that managing director Jon Jenkins is stepping down.

He will be replaced at the head of the business by commercial director Liam McNamara and operations director Nick Law.

In a statement sent to just-food, an Allied Bakeries spokesperson said: “Allied Bakeries continues to operate under challenging market conditions. We have therefore undertaken a detailed review of the business to optimise our operations for the future and have implemented a number of changes to our senior management team as a result.

“As part of this we can confirm that we are moving to a new joint-leadership structure with Liam McNamara assuming full commercial responsibility for the business and Nick Law overseeing supply chain. As a result of these changes we can confirm that Jon Jenkins will be leaving Allied Milling and Baking after four years as managing director.” 

Jenkins is said to be “exploring other career options within the ABF Group”.

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The spokesperson paid tribute to Jenkins, who joined the baker in 2015 from ABF-owned tea maker Twinings, for his “significant contribution,” in “improving product quality and rebranding our range”.

However, the end of his tenure at the top of the company comes as the bakery – which owns brands including Kingsmill, Allinson and Sunblest – deals with headwinds including the loss in April of its largest private-label contract with the UK’s largest supermarket group, Tesco, and increased competition from supermarket own-branded bread.

Last November, in commentary around its annual results, ABF described losses at Allied Bakeries as “unacceptable”.