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Cadbury on reported job losses: 'We have to change the way we work'

Unite says hundreds of jobs will go at Cadbury's plant in Bournville Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Cadbury says its plant in Birmingham has to "change the way it works" following reports hundreds of jobs will be cut.

The union, Unite, claims hundreds of jobs will go at the plant in Bournville.

It follows plans by the owner, Mondelez International, to spend £75m replacing machinery at the factory to increase productivity.

Our production costs are double those of sister factories in Western Europe and we have to change the way we work to create a modern, flexible, competitive factory.

This change, plus our investment, will secure manufacturing at Bournville for the next generation.”

– Cadbury statement

Cadbury to shed 'hundreds of jobs' at Bournville plant

The union Unite says it hopes to further reduce the number of expected job losses at the Bournville plant Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Birmingham-based Cadbury is to cut hundreds of jobs at its plant in Bournville, the union Unite claims.

It comes following plans by the plant's owner Mondelez International to spend £75m replacing machinery at the factory to increase productivity.

Unite's West Midlands regional secretary, Gerard Coyne, has welcomed the investment but admits there will be job losses.

Unite has worked very hard to reduce the number of jobs at risk to the hundreds and talks are ongoing to further reduce that figure.

We would hope that any job losses could be achieved by natural wastage, reducing the number of agency workers and voluntary redundancy – and we are pressing hard for any redundancy package to be as generous as possible.

– Gerard Coyne, Unite

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Pork DNA found in Cadbury Malaysia products

Cadbury has recalled two chocolate products in Malaysia after they were found to contain traces of pork DNA.

The traces were found during a periodic check for non-halal ingredients in food products by the Ministry of Health, which on Saturday said two of three samples of the company's products contained pork traces.

The two products, Cadbury Dairy Milk Hazelnut and Cadbury Dairy Milk Roast Almond, were available in stores throughout the country.

Cadbury Malaysia, like most food makers in the country where Muslims make up more than 60 percent of the population, has all of its products certified halal to conform with Islam's dietary restrictions, one of which is a prohibition on pork.

The company said it was undertaking a full review of its supply chain to ensure halal standards, according to the report, and the Malaysian government said it will conduct inspection of all Cadbury Malaysia's products.

Cadbury Malaysia was not immediately available to comment.

Reports: Cadbury investigating after claims wasp found in chocolate bar

Birmingham-based chocolate maker Cadbury is investigating claims a wasp was found in one of its chocolate bars, according to reports.

It follows somebody tweeting the company a picture of what appears to look like a chocolate bar with an insect embedded in the side of it.

The photo that Jake Keating tweeted to Cadbury Credit: Twitter/@Jakeating

According to the Metro, Cadbury responded telling the twitter user it was taking the matter seriously.

Chocolate makers clash over Kit Kat row

Chocolate giants Nestlé and Cadbury have clashed over the shape of Kit Kat bars.

Nestlé have gone to court to try and trademark the three-dimensional shape of a Kit Kat finger, but Cadbury, based in Birmingham, is objecting.

The Kit Kat chunky Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Archive

Mr Justice Arnold is currently waiting on a decision from a European court relating to the dispute. He said:

"Certain aspects of the relevant law remain unclear.

"I have decided it is necessary to seek clarification of the law from the Court of Justice of the European Union in order to determine the (dispute)."

Cadbury's logo Credit: David Davies/PA Archive/

This is not the first time the rival companies have had legal disputes. Nestlé successfully overturned a courts decision to allow Cadbury to trademark the colour purple used in its famous 'Dairy Milk' chocolate bars.

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Cadbury's apprentice quit university for training scheme

A Cadbury's apprentice has told ITV News Central that vocational skills should be seen on the same level as academic qualifications.

Faye Hudson, one of 53 apprentices at Cadbury's, believes the opportunity to 'earn and learn' has offered her more than university could have, after quitting her degree for on the job training.

Today marks the beginning of National Apprentice Week – a government campaign that highlights its £1.5billion investment in training schemes across the UK.

More apprentices at Cadbury's

Apprentices at Cadbury's Credit: ITV News Central

The number of apprentices in the Midlands has increased by more than ten per cent in the last year, according to the National Apprenticeship Service.

Mondelez, which owns Cadbury's, is one employer in the Midlands investing in apprenticeship schemes. It's predicted within ten years, the number of apprentices will rise by 85 per cent, which the government says will help rebuild the economy.

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