Cadbury is bringing production of its iconic Dairy Milk chocolate bar back to the UK from the EU following a £15 million investment at its original site in Birmingham – 115 years after it was launched.
An investment of £15 million in new production line facilities will create an “increase in efficiency” and allow the bar to be made in Bournville, Birmingham once more.
Production of 12,000 tonnes of chocolate – equivalent to 125m bars – will be relocated from Germany and other sites in Europe to the UK. The shift will mean most Dairy Milk will be made at the Birmingham site from next year and will add to the 35,000 tonnes of chocolate made at the factory in 2020.
Louise Stigant, UK head of parent company Mondelez International (formerly Kraft) said:
This investment will continue the modernising of our production processes at Bournville and ensure we are meeting the need for a highly efficient and robust supply infrastructure for our iconic Cadbury Dairy Milk tablets.
Trade unions welcomed moving chocolate production back to the UK, saying it represented a “vote of confidence in the UK workforce.”
Cadbury’s Birmingham site currently employs 1,300 people out of a 4,000 strong workforce across the UK.
Former Brexit Party MEP Alexandra Phillips said on Twitter: “Great news! So many iconic British firms were moved out of the UK with EU grants as part of their ‘levelling up’ concept, costing British jobs and opportunities. It’s good to see those jobs coming home.”