Shadow minister’s visit takes the biscuit

BURTON’S Biscuit Company at Moreton on the Wirral is celebrating a £5m investment.

Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills and Wallasey MP Angela Eagle, visited the site to meet workers following the funding boost.

The chocolate refinery has refined chocolate since the 1950s and currently employs around 50 people.

The site manufactures around 30,000 tonnes of liquid chocolate each year for Burton’s biscuits including Wagon Wheels and Cadbury biscuits under licence.

It also converts the liquid chocolate into chocolate chips and chunks for its Maryland brand as well as for some of the nation’s other favourite biscuits.

Since 2011, Burton’s has invested nearly £5m, including £2m over the past year, in state-of-the-art machinery to bring the latest chocolate manufacturing technology to the site. This has resulted in more efficient production and better tasting chocolate.

Burton’s chief executive Ben Clarke said: “Our continued investment into Moreton has provided a platform for growth by enabling us to enhance our capabilities and focus on up-skilling our staff.

“The new technology has enabled us to maximise output and most importantly for consumers, improve the quality and taste of our biscuits.”

Eagle said: “It is great to see Burton’s Biscuit Company continuing to go from strength to strength and investing such a large sum in the future of their Wallasey plant.”