Reported in the News Letter on February 21, 1933: ‘Bread war’ could lead to job losses

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There was no change in the “bread war” situation in Belfast yesterday.

Enniskillen bakers are reducing their prices to meet the new competition, but the owner of one large bakery stated that he would probably close down at the end of the week, as the price was an uneconomic one.

Twenty employees of the Omagh Model Bakery, which is owned by Mr Wm McLetchie, Belfast, and managed by Mr Harry Willis, are under notice as a result of the “bread war”, and at the expiration of their notice they will be employed from day to day.

Mr Willis said the bakery was seriously affected. He had reduced the price of a loaf to 3 1/2d, but if the “bread war” continued the bakery would have to close down – there was no doubt about that. It was a matter of having to do it as they could not manufacture bread as several of the Belfast bakeries were doing, at cut-throat prices. It was absolutely uneconomic.

Belfast bread was yesterday sold in Omagh at 2 1/2d per 2lb loaf.