CADBURY is moving almost all production of Dairy Milk bars back to the UK after a £15million investment.
It already makes 35,000 tons of the iconic chocolate at its famous Bournville plant, where it was first produced 115 years ago.
But the cash injection to improve the site will allow a further 12,000 tons — 125 million bars — currently made each year in Germany and other European plants to be produced in Birmingham from 2022.
The move by parent firm Mondelez International, which bought Cadbury for £11.5billion in 2010, will also secure 40 full-time, seasonal jobs.
Louise Stigant, UK MD for Mondelez, said: “At a time when UK manufacturing is facing significant challenges, it’s never been more vital to secure the long-term competitiveness and sustainability of our business.”
The firm has invested £80million in Bournville since 2014, improving “production efficiency” by 30 per cent.
The latest funding will keep it as the “home and heart” of Cadbury, Ms Stigant added.
The news was hailed by unions as a “vote of confidence” in UK workers.
A small percentage of Dairy Milk will still be made in Europe.
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