South East Wales

Burton's Biscuits 'business as usual' with possible sale ahead

Jammie Dodgers on production line at Burton's Biscuit factory
Image caption Biscuits on the production line at Llantarnam near Cwmbran

A biscuit company which employs more than 2,000 people across the UK could be sold.

Burton's Biscuits Company said a sale of its factories at Llantarnam in Torfaen, Edinburgh and Blackpool, Lancashire was "possible, but not guaranteed".

A spokesman added that it was "very much business as usual" for the firm.

Earlier this year the company announced a £4.6m investment at Llantarnam near Cwmbran, which employs 700.

"We can confirm that a process for the possible sale of Burton's Biscuit Company will shortly commence," said the spokesman.

"There is no guarantee a sale will take place, and we will provide an update in due course.

"It is very much business as usual. The management team remains committed to leading the company and is focused on delivering its strategy to grow the business."

The factory at Llantarnam, which dates from 1937, was chosen earlier this summer to pilot new control room baking systems.

The new money brought the investment at the plant to nearly £7m since 2012.

The plant produces well known brands including Wagon Wheels, Cadbury's Fingers and Jammie Dodgers.

The new investment is part of £13.5m being spent at its factories, as well as its chocolate refinery in Moreton in Merseyside.

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