Dairy Milk coming home as Cadbury plans to move production back to UK

Cadbury is to make nearly all of its Dairy Milk bars in the UK after scaling back production in Europe.

The news is a shot in the arm for factory workers in Bournville, Birmingham, who will take on millions of extra bars after the plant had a £15million revamp.

They were responsible for 234m last year, but from 2022 will produce another 125m currently made in Germany and elsewhere in Europe.

Trade unions welcomed the move, which will secure full-time jobs for 40 seasonal workers. Unite's Joe Clarke said: "This announcement is a vote of confidence in the UK workforce."

And Louise Stigant, from parent company Mondelez International, said it would bring more Dairy Milk to the "home and heart of Cadbury".

The chocolate giant says that an £80million investment in Bournville since 2014 has increased "production efficiency" by 30%.

Roberto Gambaccini, Bournville manufacturing director, said: "Today, thanks to our investments over the last seven years and our colleagues’ commitment to improving productivity, Bournville is now much more competitive across our manufacturing network, particularly when it comes to producing high volume products such as Cadbury Dairy Milk tablets.

"It’s important that we continue this journey and this investment will see us take full advantage of the efficiencies that modernisation, and upskilling can create to continue the growth and success of the Bournville site."

Mondelez International, formerly Kraft Foods, bought Cadbury for £11.5bn in 2010.

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