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Cadbury to axe 200 in Bournville.

CADBURY is to cut 200 jobs at its flagship Birmingham plant.

It comes as part of what the company calls 'restructuring' plans which will see the phased closure of a factory at Keynsham near Bristol between 2009 and 2010 with the loss of 500 jobs.

The jobs at the Birmingham Bournville plant will go because some production is to be transferred to Poland.

The company said changes were needed to achieve "greater supply chain efficiencies" but the announcement was attacked by the Unite union.

National officer Brian Revell said the firm was acting like a "private equity asset stripper."

Some chocolate assortment production will move from Bournville to Poland next year, with the loss of 200 jobs between next year and 2010.

Managing director Trevor Bond said: "In order to continue to compete in the extremely competitive confectionery industry in the future we need to make the right decisions today."
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Publication:Birmingham Mail (England)
Date:Oct 3, 2007
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