CHIPPENHAM MP Michelle Donelan has paid a fact-finding visit to the Nestlé Cereal Partners factory at Staverton which makes Shredded Wheat and Shreddies.

She was greeted by Stefano Agostini, the Chief Executive for Nestlé UK & Ireland and Gharry Eccles, the Vice President for Nestlé Cereals.

Mr Agostini and Miss Donelan were given a tour of the factory by Mr Eccles and factory manager Craig Ainsborough. The MP heard all about how the cereals are made and saw them on the production line.

Speaking after today's visit (October 4), Miss Donelan said: "I was really pleased to return to the Cereal Partners Factory in Staverton to meet Nestlé UK and Ireland’s CEO Stefano Agostini.

"There has been a factory of one nature or other on this sight since the early 1800’s employing local people.

"Breakfast really is the most important meal of the day. I know Cereal Partners UK have worked hard to ensure their cereals are healthier and more nutritious.

"They produce some of the country’s best-known cereals from the factory at Staverton, which are on breakfast tables all up and down the UK and are part of many free breakfast club initiatives.”

This year Nestlé Cereals announced a partnership with Public Health England (PHE) for its latest Change4Life’s campaign and a number of brands began displaying the 'Good Choice' badge.

Nestlé Cereals has been re-formulating recipes for more than a decade, reducing sugar and salt while increasing levels of whole grain.

Additionally, every Nestlé cereal with the green banner now contains at least eight grams of whole grain per serving and has whole grain as the number one ingredient with the majority high in fibre.

Mr Agostini said: "It was great to meet Michelle Donelan and welcome her to the Cereal Partners factory which is at the heart of her constituency.

"I would like to thank Gharry Eccles and his team for hosting us at the factory in Staverton, which is a world class example of manufacturing in the UK.

"It was a great opportunity to meet our incredibly hard-working people and showcase our cereal brands."

Last month, Nestlé announced its ambition to achieve zero net greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

The food giant has embraced the most ambitious aim of the Paris Agreement, to limit global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Centigrade.

Ahead of the United Nations Secretary-General’s Climate Action Summit in September, Nestlé signed the ‘Business Ambition for 1.5°C’ pledge.

Nestlé has accelerated its climate change efforts, building on a decade of work to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Over the past four years, Nestlé has aligned its objectives with science-based targets to keep the temperature increase below 2°C.

The company is determined to play a leading role in tackling climate change. Over the next two years, it will lay out a time-bound plan to meet the 1.5°C pledge.