Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills Angela Eagle MP visited Burton’s Biscuit Company’s chocolate refinery in Moreton last week (Friday 12 February) to celebrate their £5 million investment.
The Labour MP for Wallasey was given a behind-the-scenes tour of the site, and met workers and two apprentices to find out how the investment has helped to modernise production techniques and improve efficiency.
The chocolate refinery has refined chocolate since the 1950s and currently employs around 50 people. The site manufactures around 30,000 tonnes of liquid chocolate each year for Burton’s biscuits including Wagon Wheels and Cadbury biscuits under licence. The site also converts the liquid chocolate into chocolate chips and chunks for its Maryland brand as well as for some of the nation’s other favourite biscuits.
Since 2011, Burton’s has invested nearly £5million, including £2million over the past year, in state-of-the-art machinery to bring the latest chocolate manufacturing technology to the site. This has resulted in more efficient production and better tasting chocolate.
Ben Clarke, CEO of Burton’s Biscuit Company, said: “Our continued investment into Moreton has provided a platform for growth by enabling us to enhance our capabilities and focus on up-skilling our staff.
“The new technology has enabled us to maximise output and most importantly for consumers, improve the quality and taste of our biscuits.”
Angela Eagle, MP for Wallasey and Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, said: “It is great to see Burton’s Biscuit Company continuing to go from strength to strength and investing such a large sum in the future of their Wallasey plant.”
The site also currently supports two apprentices to undergo training and around 24 employees have also attained NVQ Level qualifications.
Burton’s is the only major biscuit manufacturer in the UK to focus solely on biscuits. They employ over 2,000 people around the UK, in three main manufacturing facilities in Llantarnam, Edinburgh and Blackpool, a chocolate refinery in Moreton and a central distribution hub in Liverpool. Burton’s was acquired by Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan in November 2013. This has enabled the company to meet the demands of a challenging economic climate to become a more efficient and agile organisation.
Burton’s Biscuit Company