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'Many' workers have expressed an interest in voluntary redundancies at Cadbury's Bournville plant, as part of plans to secure manufacturing at the site for the next 25 years.
Tony Bilsborough, from Mondelez International which owns Cadbury, told ITV News: "From the beginning we were very clear that to secure this £75m investment in Bournville, and therefore the next generation of manufacturing here, that this site would need to become more cost competitive.
"Both sides agreed that this would mean fewer people working here in Bournville in the future but our preference was always to secure that through voluntary redundancies if at all possible.
"We've had consultations with the workforce and many have expressed an interest in voluntary redundancy."
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The Unite union has confirmed that 205 workers at Cadbury in Birmingham will be made redundant.
Unite confirm 205 redundancies at Cadbury in Birmingham. All voluntary. Part of agreement for £75m investment in new equipment.
The redundancies are part of plans by Cadbury's owner, Mondelez International, to modernise the plant in Bournville, as our Business Correspondent Mark Gough reports:
Cadbury plant in Birmingham will be modernised - securing its future for many years. Production lines - some 30 years old cut from 6 to 4.
Cadbury plant needed modernising to compete against factories in the rest of Europe for work to produce chocolate for Mondelez.
We are pleased that the consultation with colleagues and their representatives is progressing in a positive and constructive manner.
From the outset, we have been clear that, to secure the £75 million investment and therefore the next generation of manufacturing here, Bournville will need to become cost competitive.
During consultation, we agreed that this would mean fewer people working in Bournville in the future than there are today.
Our preference is always to look for voluntary redundancies to achieve any reductions.
Through conversations with our workforce, a number of employees have asked for voluntary redundancy, indicating that we should be able to achieve the necessary reductions through a voluntary approach.
More than 200 jobs are to go at Cadbury in a move the company says will safeguard production at Bournville for the next 25 years, according to reports.
It will see long serving members of staff receiving payoffs of more than £100,000.
Cadbury say none of the job losses will be compulsory.
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.”
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.
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.
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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.
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