Burton's Biscuit Company sells UK chocolate factory to Barry Callebaut
Swiss chocolate and cocoa manufacturer, Barry Callebaut, has signed a long-term supply agreement with Burton’s Biscuit Company, the UK’s second largest biscuit manufacturer.
The maker of biscuit brands such as Wagon Wheels, Maryland Cookies and Jammie Dodgers, will receive over 12,000 metric tonnes of chocolate and compound to Burton’s every year.
Barry Callebaut said it will also acquire Burton’s chocolate manufacturing assets in Wirral, Merseyside.
Through the deal, the chocolate maker will expand its manufacturing capacity in the UK which is seen as a key growth area for the firm.
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The Swiss company said it will take on the 48 staff currently employed at the facility and it will continue to make chocolate at the site.
The deal is expected to close by the end of 2018.
Nick Field, chief executive of Burton's Food, said: "Barry Callebaut shares our passion and motivation for baking the best quality products for our customers and consumers.
"This new partnership, with their larger network and enhanced capabilities, directly supports our intent and commitment to maintain and enhance our industry-leading chocolate biscuit offering."
Barry Callebaut's chief executive, Antoine de Saint-Affrique, added: "This transaction is an excellent example of the power of long-term partnerships and outsourcing.
"It is also a clear sign of our commitment to support the growth of our business in the UK market."
Ultium Cells LLC/Li-Cycle: Sustainable Battery Manufacturing
Ultium Cells LLC - a joint venture between General Motors and LG Energy Solutions - has announced its latest collaboration with Li-Cycle. Joining forces the two have set ambitions to expand recycling in North America, recycling up to 100% of the scrap materials in battery cell manufacturing
What is Ultium Cells LLC?
Announcing their partnership in December 2019, General Motors (GM) and LG Energy Solutions established Ultium Cells LLC with a mission to “ensure excellence of Battery Cell Manufacturing through implementation of best practices from each company to contribute [to the] expansion of a Zero Emission propulsion on a global scale.”
Who is Li-Cycle?
Founded in 2016, Li-Cycle leverages innovative solutions to address emerging and urgent challenges around the world.
As the use of Lithium-ion rechargeable batteries in automotive, industrial energy storage, and consumer electronic applications rises, Li-Cycle believes that “the world needs improved technology and supply chain innovations to better recycle these batteries, while also meeting the rapidly growing demand for critical and scarce battery-grade materials.”
Why are Ultium Cells LLC and Li-Cycle join forces?
By joining forces to expand the recycling of scrap materials in battery cell manufacturing in North America, the new recycling process will allow Ultium Cells LLC to recycle cobalt, nickel, lithium, graphite, copper, manganese and aluminum.
“95% of these materials can be used in the production of new batteries or for adjacent industries,” says GM, who explains that the new hydrometallurgical process emits 30% less greenhouse gases (GHGs) than traditional processes, minimising the environmental impact. Use of this process will begin later in the year (2021).
"Our combined efforts with Ultium Cells will be instrumental in redirecting battery manufacturing scrap from landfills and returning a substantial amount of valuable battery-grade materials back into the battery supply chain. This partnership is a critical step forward in advancing our proven lithium-ion resource recovery technology as a more sustainable alternative to mining, " said Ajay Kochhar, President, CEO and co-founder of Li-Cycle.
"GM's zero-waste initiative aims to divert more than 90% of its manufacturing waste from landfills and incineration globally by 2025. Now, we're going to work closely with Ultium Cells and Li-Cycle to help the industry get even better use out of the materials,” added Ken Morris, Vice President of Electric and Autonomous Vehicles, GM.
Since 2013, GM has recycled or reused 100% of the battery packs it has received from customers, with most current GM EVs repaired with refurbished packs.
"We strive to make more with less waste and energy expended. This is a crucial step in improving the sustainability of our components and manufacturing processes,” concluded Thomas Gallagher, Chief Operating Officer, Ultium Cells LLC.