Chocolate Company Closes Moreton Site | Northwest Business News



Global chocolate company Barry Callebaut has announced the closure of its factory in Moreton, Wirral.

The company said the decision was made to close the plant on May 31 due to a “significant” drop in volume at Moreton.

He added that with the equipment and operational restrictions, the site could not meet the “operational costs necessary to ensure the right economies of scale”.

On the site, there were 45 permanent employees and 19 temporary workers.

The decision to close the plant, which the company says “ensures that Barry Callebaut can operate profitably and compete in the market of the future”, follows a consultation process.

Despite the shutdown, Barry Callebaut said he had a solid foundation for growth and the UK would remain a key market for future investment.

A spokesperson for Barry Callebaut said: “Following a consultation process at the Barry Callebaut chocolate factory in Moreton, we have made the difficult decision to close the factory on May 31.

“This is not a course of action that has been taken lightly and comes after exploring all alternatives to better balance production capacity and demand in the UK. We would like to thank all of our employees for their dedication and their hard work over the years.”

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