Burton's biscuit firm cuts 70 Llantarnam factory jobs

Image caption The redundancies come as a result of a new flexible working approach, said Burton's

A biscuit maker has blamed a "challenging" environment for cutting 70 jobs at its south Wales factory.

Burton's Foods, which makes brands including Jammie Dodgers and Wagon Wheel, put the redundancies at its site in Llantarnam, Cwmbran, down to cost cutting.

The firm, which is also investing £2m in the site and £5m at its Edinburgh plant, will consult with workers.

It called the job losses "deeply regrettable".

As part of a business review Burton's also revealed that its factory in Moreton, Merseyside, would close with the loss of 342 jobs.

The Merseyside-based firm has six plants across the UK.

It said it had to respond to an increasingly challenging and competitive environment by reducing costs and increasing productivity.

The job losses at Llantarnam are part of a new flexible working approach at its manufacturing sites, it said.

Burton's said it was embarking on a £25m three year investment programme to allow it to keep making the bulk of its products in the UK.

Chief executive Ben Clarke added: "Today's announcements recognise the need to transform our supply chain."

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