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.
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Staying dry with clearing skies. Warmer than recent days
Dry Saturday with sunny spells, dry and windy overnight