SHADOW business secretary Angela Eagle visited Burton’s Biscuit’s chocolate refinery in Moreton to celebrate its £5m investment.

The Labour MP for Wallasey was given a behind-the-scenes tour of the site and met with workers and two apprentices to find out how the investment has helped to modernise production.

Since 2011, Burton’s has invested nearly £5million, including £2m over the past year, in state-of-the-art machinery to bring the latest chocolate manufacturing technology to the site.

Ms Eagle said: “It is great to see Burton’s Biscuit Company continuing to go from strength to strength and investing such a large sum in the future of their Wallasey plant.”

The refinery has refined chocolate since the 1950s and currently employs around 50 people.

Ben Clarke, chief executive of Burton’s Biscuit Company, said: “Our continued investment into Moreton has provided a platform for growth by enabling us to enhance our capabilities and focus on up-skilling our staff.

“The new technology has enabled us to maximise output and most importantly for consumers, improve the quality and taste of our biscuits.”

The site manufactures around 30,000 tonnes of liquid chocolate each year for Burton’s biscuits including Wagon Wheels and Cadbury biscuits under licence.

The site also currently supports two apprentices to undergo training and around 24 employees have also attained NVQ Level qualifications.