CSM Bakery Solutions has said it will invest “more than” EUR150m (US$170.1m) over the next two years to “optimise” business operations, moves that will result in the closure of three facilities in the US and UK.

The business-to-business bakery supplier plans to close its manufacturing operations in Houston, Texas, toward the end of the year, as well as two facilities in the UK, in Esher and Ashington by the end of 2017. CSM cited “lack of capacity and other constrains” for its decision. 

The company plans to improve infrastructure and capacity at its ingredients operations in Atlanta. CSM is also investing in equipment and infrastructure upgrades in the company’s facilities in Eagan, Minnesota, Dallas, Texas, and Colton and Pico Rivera, in California, as well as a series of process improvements in its Ogden operation in Utah. In the UK, CSM is also making infrastructure and equipment upgrades at operations in Bradford and Daventry, plus building a new “high-tech” facility in Daventry.

Robert Sharpe, the CEO of CSM, said the planned investments would allow the bakery group to better meet the needs of its customers. “We are excited about the overall landscape of our industry and the role we can play in delivering some of the industry’s best fresh-baked goods to our customers,” Sharpe said. 

“These actions will enhance our overall productivity, capabilities and capacity to allow us to profitably grow the business in the years ahead.  We have a great passion to deliver industry-leading solutions to our customers, and these actions enhance our ability to do so.  Our customers’ growth and success will be our growth and success.”