Moreton chocolate factory to close with loss of jobs

Chocolate maker Barry Callebaut has revealed plans to close its site in Moreton.

The Swiss firm employs 45 full-time staff and 19 agency workers at Moreton whose jobs are now at risk due to toe company’s strategy “to continuously improve its operational efficiency.”

The firm issued the following statement:

“As part of Barry Callebaut’s strategy to continuously improve its operational efficiency and to better balance production capacity and demand in the UK, the Group has started a consultation process on the potential closure of its chocolate factory in Moreton.

“This is not a course of action that has been taken lightly. Barry Callebaut has strong foundations for growth and the UK will remain a key market for future investment.

“We understand that this will be a concerning time for all those that will be affected by this announcement and their families, and we will be supporting them through this difficult period.”

Barry Callebaut was created in 1996 through the merging of the Belgian chocolate producer Callebaut and the French company Cacao Barry. It is currently based in Zürich, Switzerland, and operates in over 30 countries worldwide

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