Ministerial visit boosts trainees at Bournville.
He met apprentices, sampled some of the firm's latest innovations and saw for himself how Cadbury Dairy Milk is made.
Apprentices from Mondelez International gave Mr Paterson a tour of the factory. They discussed their day-to-day roles and how to encourage more young people in Birmingham into apprenticeships.
Mondelez International's work in local schools through its award-winning Taste of Work programme was highlighted as a way to inspire young people to work in the food and drink industry.
Mr Paterson said: "It has been a fantastic opportunity to meet dynamic apprentices and see the range of new Cadbury products being made here in Bournville. I am hugely encouraged by the amount of innovation I've seen, from packaging design to food technology. I'm right behind Mondelez's drive to bring new talent to the food industry."