Muller takes on Minsterley creamery with promise to protect jobs
Shropshire dairy giant Muller has taken ownership of a county creamery safeguarding its 80 jobs and talking of exciting plans in the year ahead.
The firm bought the Uniq dairy in Minsterley from owners Greencore in a £4.3 million deal.
Muller, which is based in Market Drayton, took ownership of the plant yesterday and has taken on the site's workers.
The Minsterley facility makes Cadbury chilled desserts, including Cadbury Mousse, Trifle and twin-pot products, which Muller sells under licence from Cadbury.
Ronald Kers, chief executive of Muller UK & Ireland Group said: "This is a great way to start the New Year, and it underlines our ambitions for the future. I would like to thank the team at Minsterley for their hard work during the transition period and welcome them to Muller.
"Muller has the leading position in the UK desserts sector and this acquisition gives us the opportunity to further develop Cadbury's brand presence as part of our portfolio, and bring affordable luxury to the category.
"We are excited about our plans for the Minsterley site and very much look forward to working with our new colleagues in driving the business forward throughout 2013 and beyond."
Last year, the creamery – which has produced yoghurt and desserts for more than 100 years – laid off 350 jobs as Uniq scaled back its operation.
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