Minsterley Creamery in Shropshire taken over by Muller

A 112-year-old dessert factory in Shropshire has been taken over by German firm Muller in a £4.3m deal.

Muller will take over production of mousse and trifles, which are made under licence for Cadbury, after buying the Minsterley Creamery.

The German food firm will take over production and managing the 80 employees in January 2013.

The creamery, which Muller bought from Greencore, started as a milk processing factory with four employees.

Muller UK Chief Executive Ronald Kers said: "Muller has the leading position in the UK desserts sector and we are ambitious to build on this.

"This acquisition gives us the opportunity to further develop Cadbury brand's presence as part of our portfolio, and bring affordable luxury to the category."

The move comes five months after Muller bought the fresh milk producer Robert Wiseman Dairies.

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