Cadbury, wtf ?


### ODT Online Thu, 16 Feb 2017
350 jobs to go as Cadbury closes
By Dene Mackenzie
After years of speculation and concern, the Cadbury factory in Dunedin will finally close next year, leaving about 350 people facing an uncertain future. Staff were told of the closure at a meeting on site at 10am.
The popular tourism attraction Cadbury World is closed today but will reopen tomorrow.
Mondelez International, the owner of Cadbury, confirmed the closure this morning telling its staff 200 people would be made redundant by the end of the year.
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### ODT Online Thu, 16 Feb 2017
Cadbury World to remain open in Dunedin
Dunedin tourist attraction Cadbury World will remain open despite the planned closure of Cadbury’s manufacturing plant in the city. Cadbury owner Mondelēz International today announced its plan to move manufacturing to Australia, with the loss of 350 jobs in Dunedin. In a statement the company said it remained committed to Cadbury World, which attracts 110,000 visitors a year.
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█ Dunedin, One of the World’s Great Small Cities… Really ?

The future:
Not much chocolate, no Safe and Secure electricity, no developing population.
Dunedin: Dead and inDebted, with Dave.

Posted by Elizabeth Kerr

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72 responses to “Cadbury, wtf ?

  1. Why is the company, Mondelez International, investing $1.4 million in stage one of the project, including “essential” roof work to protect it from the weather, and repairing and replacing “critical” elements of the building situated on Castle Street

  2. Rumpold

    Cadbury closing with 350 being displaced. But what about the other 1200 Cadbury support jobs throughout the city that will also go. We should stop building cycleways around the city, and start building more motorways to meet the flow of skilled workers heading North, and the increased flow of refugees and immigrants heading our way. Dunedin it was alright here.

  3. Hype O'Thermia

    It’s still valuable real estate whether 2nd rate chocolate is made in it or not.

  4. Calvin Oaten

    Several years ago when Cadbury sold itself to USA conglomerate Kraft it was obvious that Cadbury Dunedin was on slippery slopes. It was Mayor Peter Chin who gave the company a huge (by Dunedin’s standard) financial incentives to encourage the company. It was taken with gratitude but not known about in the USA boardroom. Kraft has long since been absorbed by Mondelez International, a simple financial exercise that is by and large based on debt, with huge bonuses taken by the formulators. A simple financial swindle which has simply been ignored, even if it was noticed by our dopey Mayor and council. Now, the chickens have come home to roost and first up move is close that little plant down in the very south Pacific which makes a brand of chocolate called Cadbury. That is a product which can be made anywhere just as easily, and the people down there aren’t of any consequence are they? SHUT IT. Write it off together with a few million dollars which will simply reduce our costs a bit. Hey, that’s bugger all compared to our debt.
    The sad part is no-one in power saw this coming. The only question I have is, what took them so long?

    • Sanctuary Much

      Apparently, they like the Dunedin workforce. Most companies do.

      I know little of Cadbury, cept the man who started it was Richard Hudson, not to be confused with Richard Hudnut, of Knights (NZ) Ltd, Petone. Back then, we kept, not sold off, mercantile empires.

  5. Richard Healey

    There will be a lot of very sad, and very stressed people around Dunedin today. Not just the workforce and their families, but the many contractors for whom Cadbury was a major client. And let’s not forget Mayor Cull.

    Not only will this have implications for rate take now, but if that building complex lies derelict for any time at all land values around it will suffer significantly. When property values drop rates must rise proportionately to fund it. And, of course, there is the tourist dollar to consider and the flow-on to accommodation providers.

    Of course the council could offer large incentives to a new user – oh yes, I forgot, the cash cow that was Aurora has been sent to slaughter

  6. Rumpold

    Yes Hype. A valuable real estate indeed. It could be turned into a woollen mill, a freezing works, boat building, knitting factory, fish factory, whiteware factory, even god forbid DMVL could turn it into an entertainment centre. Sammy’s No 2 . All been tried before with rates relief, then headed north. Or maybe a hall of residence. The Uni is taking over all the watering holes in the area. Why not the chocolate factory, and being made of concrete, wouldn’t burn too easily, and it’s right across the road from a cheap booze outlet.

    • PG

      Or a hospital, perhaps?

      I have some family history with Cadbury’s, from the time when the Cadbury family were still, in part, actual owners. I have to thank them for the very great fortune that befell me when my parents emigrated from the dire north of England to this wonderful place, with Cadbury assistance. I’m sure that now, as then, many workers were husbands and wives, often with offspring also employed there. What a cruel blow this is to many, but especially to families like that.

  7. Rob Hamlin

    Among many other reasons for doing so, including the quality of the Cadbury’s product compared to pretty much all its New Zealand produced competitors, the best way to help these workers is to stop buying Cadbury’s candy (sorry, chocolate) forthwith. I presume that it’s standard dairy milk candy (sorry, chocolate) still is ‘officially’ chocolate – namely its cocoa content is still above the 20% legal minimum to call it chocolate, although was only by 1% in 2009 – This from the NBR (credited to Whittackers?) at that time:

    “200g compared to 250g. 21% cocoa compared to 33% cocoa. Added vegetable fat, or pure cocoa butter? Made by dingoes or made by Kiwis? Cadbury, you’re the weakest link. Put out your torch, leave the island, say goodbye to Big Brother and log out of your Facebook.”

    One can hardly imagine that things have changed/improved in the interim.

    Among the creative marketing maneuvers that Mondelez is responsible for is the most recent the highest profile is the Terry’s (lately of York, but now made in Poland after all the York boys & gals got sacked – same old, same old) Chocolate Orange ‘shrinkflation’ exercise.

    Most of you will be familiar with these British (sorry, Polish) classics, a heavy Xmas seller – but not at all in Poland apparently. They duly appeared in this country this year looking exactly as every other year. however Mondelez had remolded the segments to produce a hollow in each, containing air where for the last 75 years there had previously been chocolate. The weight fell from 175g to 157g. Did you notice that? Did you notice the price go down too….well……what do you think!!!

    I repeat – if you want to help these people, then stop buying Mondelez brands forthwith. Anybody who has had a trip to the UK, USA or Oz in the last few years will be be left with a strong impression that we are in the habit of paying over the odds for for a lot of our food in this country – which would make it a disproportionately profitable market, and thus such action disproportionately painful to anybody who wants to import stuff into it. There are alternatives to all of these brands, many of them locally produced and marketed. If the Cadbury/Whittacker quality comparison is consistent, then you may find that you prefer these alternatives – if you bother to try them. The Mondelez brand portfolio includes Cadbury’s, Terry’s, Toblerone, Philadelphia Nabsico & Ritz.

    Perhaps it’s time for Whattackers to start thinking about producing an chocolate mandarin, or kumquat. I would be happy to buy three – to replace my annual unit purchases of their competitor’s product (sorry, ripoff).

    • russandbev

      Rob is right. I’ve never bought Cadbury since the palm oil fiasco and after speaking to my rellies in the UK tonight, they also don’t buy Cadbury for the same reason. A pox on their corporate house owned and operated by those far away from the hurt they have caused. This closure will cause a huge slide and I for one feel for those that are the victims of globalisation.

  8. Calvin Oaten

    I notice the particular photo picked of Mayor Dave Cull in his comments re the Cadbury closure. a neat trick to display his purported anguish. Balls, he doesn’t have any ways to dismiss the workers troubles over this move, nor does he really care. If he did we would have seen signs of this in any number of events, such as the South Dunedin Floods. No, just dismiss it under the guise of rising sea levels. Just what he might proffer on this happening one would wonder. The man does not understand that this is part of the world scene and Dunedin is broke so just suck up and pass it all on to the ratepayers.

  9. Kleinefeldmaus

    Dave Cull
    ….a little while ago….
    extracted from Rotary Club of Dunedin Central
    Dunedin Central Rotary club members heard the strategic vision for Dunedin City looking forward to the year.

    When I first took office council saw themselves as managers of infrastructure, Dave Cull explained.
    Now we see ourselves as having a governance role, developing strategies to move Dunedin forward.
    We developed our current strategic plan.
    From this we developed the following strategy:
    To develop ‘a Study Dunedin Initiative’ – market Dunedin globally as the International study destination.
    Grow jobs – increase jobs by 10,000 by 2023 by encouraging entrepreneurship. Invite businesses to start up here, foster internships with local businesses.
    Increase income by $10,000 per household.
    Develop our Shanghai relationship.
    Encourage families to settle in Dunedin.

    Dave Cull emphasis, ‘These are exciting times for Dunedin. Dunedin’s future is very bright.’

    I ask this. “How is the strategy coming along now Dave…with the demise of Cadbury an’ all?”

  10. Callum

    I heard exactly the same thing and I was like “WTF?” myself. How could they do this to Dunedin? What about the people who work there what jobs are they going to find after Cadbury closes down.

    • Hype O'Thermia

      Look at the words –
      INVITE businesses to start up here,
      FOSTER internships
      ENCOURAGE families to settle
      GROW jobs
      DEVELOP ‘a Study Dunedin Initiative’

      All of them dependent on the other parties saying, “That’s a good scheme, we (WE) know how to do it and WE will make it happen.”
      It’s a wish list, it’s the missing verse from The Wizard of Oz, “If I only had a clue” [how to make wishes come true].

  11. Pb

    I lost my sweet tooth with years, but it is sad. Dunedin was the largest city in New Zealand until 1900. The malignancy began when traders realised the action was in the north. Ever since, steady decline, with lurches, like today.

    The new engine of growth is the Uni. A hotbed of radical ideas. Spitting out educated-idiots of misguided vigour, fond of liquor. Dunedin’s golden period was its naive years. Practical people building an exciting new world. Tinkers and adventurers trimmed in Victorian splendour. Mostly uneducated. Now we have carbon strategies and the hyper regulated 2GP soviet statism. The self proclaimed experts are failing us. How many times will she rise from the mat? Poor Dunedin has taken another mighty blow to the head.

  12. Simon

    Maybe it is time for Cull and Enterprise Dunedin Director John Christie to pull the hundreds of thousands of dollars from last year’s annual plan, that was directed at attracting JAFFAs to resettle in Dunedin, by redirecting the funds to our own workers in need at this time.

  13. Elizabeth

    Thu, 16 Feb 2017
    ODT: City will support you, Cull tells Cadbury workers
    Dave Cull: ‘This decision will be a difficult, if not devastating time for affected staff and their families.’
    Dunedin mayor Dave Cull is working with local agencies to support Cadbury workers going through a “devastating time”. Mr Cull described Mondelez International’s plan, announced on Thursday morning, to close its Dunedin Cadbury factory with the loss of 350 jobs as a major blow to the city.
    ….Mr Cull welcomed Mondelez’s plan to invest in and develop Cadbury World.
    ….[Enterprise Dunedin director John Christie] “We also recognise that these job losses could have a flow-on effect in terms in other services which support the factory’s operations. We will also be looking at this as part of our response.” Cont/

    • Lyndon Weggery

      Excuse me for asking the obvious. How can Cadbury World remain open after the Factory has finally closed when there will be no product on hand to show the visitor? Are they going to ship it across from Australia which is the very reason for Cadbury closing?

  14. Elizabeth


    mondelez-international-webpage-screenshotMondelez International webpage [screenshot 17.2.17]

    Find out some details about the proposed closure of the Cadbury factory….

  15. Elizabeth

    Wikipedia: Cadbury

    Cadbury is a British multinational confectionery company wholly owned by Mondelez International (originally Kraft Foods) since 2010. It is the second-largest confectionery brand in the world after Wrigley’s. Cadbury is internationally headquartered in Uxbridge, west London, and operates in more than fifty countries worldwide. It is famous for its Dairy Milk chocolate, the Creme Egg and Roses selection box, and many other confectionery products. One of the best-known British brands, in 2013 The Daily Telegraph named Cadbury among Britain’s most successful exports. Cont/

    In 2003, Cadbury dropped the ‘s’ from its name and renamed the brand to Cadbury. The company found that it was a much more suited, rounded name than the previous “Cadbury’s”. This change was announced on 19 December 2002.

    In mid-2009 Cadbury replaced some of the cocoa butter in their non-UK chocolate products with palm oil. Despite stating this was a response to consumer demand to improve taste and texture, there was no “new improved recipe” claim placed on New Zealand labels. Consumer backlash was significant from environmentalists and chocolate lovers in both Australia and New Zealand, with consumers objecting to both the taste from the cheaper formulation, and the use of palm oil given its role in the destruction of rainforests. By August 2009, the company announced that it was reverting to the use of cocoa butter in New Zealand and Australia, although palm oil is still listed as an ingredient in Cadbury’s flavoured sugar syrup based fillings (where it referred to as ‘vegetable oil’). In addition, Cadbury stated they would source cocoa beans through Fair Trade channels. In January 2010 prospective buyer Kraft pledged to honour Cadbury’s commitment.

    Bournville is home to Mondelez’s Global Centre of Excellence for Chocolate research and development, so every new chocolate product created by the company anywhere in the world starts life at the Birmingham plant (UK).

    Australia and New Zealand
    Cadbury’s products were first imported into Australia as early as 1853 when 3 cases of Cadbury’s cocoa and chocolate were advertised for sale in Adelaide. Cadbury’s first overseas order in 1881 was made for the Australian market. In 1919, as part of its plans to expand internationally, the company decided to build a factory in Australia. In 1920 Claremont, Tasmania was chosen for the location because of its close proximity to the city of Hobart, good source of inexpensive hydro-electricity and plentiful supply of high-quality fresh milk. The first products from the factory were sold in 1922. The Claremont factory was modelled on Bournville, with its own village and sporting facilities. Cadbury operates three Australian factories as well as one in New Zealand; two in Melbourne, Victoria (Ringwood and Scoresby), one in Hobart, Tasmania (Claremont), and one in Dunedin, New Zealand.

    █ On 16 February 2017, it was reported that Cadbury would be closing its factory in Dunedin, New Zealand by March 2018. This is estimated to lead to the loss of 350 jobs. Amanda Banfield, Mondelez’s vice-president for Australia, New Zealand, and Japan, clarified that the closure was done due to Mondelez’s decision to shift chocolate manufacturing to Cadbury’s Australian factories. However, Mondelez has also confirmed that Dunedin’s Cadbury World tourist attraction would remain open due to its popularity with tourists.

  16. Elizabeth

    █ Excellent material from Stuff/Fairfax reporters Hamish McNeilly and Ellen Reid:

    Cadbury closed its Auckland plant in 2009 and moved all New Zealand production to Dunedin. It said then that distance from its main Australian market was not seen as an issue:

    Cadbury is the city’s fourth biggest employer and many workers have been with the company for years.

    “The company had reported it was doing well and this has come out of the blue.” –Chas Muir, E Tu Union

    Mondelez International would look to sell the main factory site at Dunedin.

    Last updated 16:53, Feb 16 2017
    Stuff: Cadbury factory in Dunedin to close [+ Video]
    Cadbury’s owner, American food giant Mondelez International, is planning to close the factory next year with the loss of over 350 jobs. While its chocolate bars are already produced overseas, the Dunedin factory, which has been open since 1884, still makes Pineapple Lumps and Jaffas, as well as crumb chocolate that is used in other products. Under the proposal, all of the volume would be absorbed into existing Mondelez operations “mostly in Australia”, Amanda Banfield, Mondelez vice president for Australia, New Zealand and Japan, said.

    “In the case of the Kiwi favourites, the Pineapple Lumps and Jaffas, we are interested in looking at whether there is a local manufacturer willing to take that on behalf and would manufacture here for us. That is something we would be looking at consulting the community once we have worked through the proposal period.” That could be in Dunedin, she said, adding that the recipes would not be changed and confirming that the products would still be available.

    Despite the “great work of the team” and an $80 million investment over the last decade, the company was unable to find a long-term future for the factory, Banfield said. “The plant is not losing money, it is not about that. It is about its long term sustainability. It is actually more cost effective for us to move this volume elsewhere and that is really the view we have taken.” She said the Dunedin operation was challenged by scale, with the volume about a third of what it needed to be sustainable in the long-term. About 70 per cent of what was produced in Dunedin was exported, mainly to Australia, and shipping across the Tasman, “was one of the most expensive stretches of water to ship across in the world”. Cont/

    “Many New Zealanders will now feel more inclined to buy Whittaker’s chocolate and other Kiwi produced chocolate knowing they are eating a product that is keeping New Zealanders in jobs,” –Winston Peters, NZ First

  17. Elizabeth

    [NZ] Press statements re Cadbury closure at Scoop:


    16.2.17 RNZ News: Cadbury closure: ‘You are not in this alone’ – mayor

    16.2.17 [TVNZ] One News: Cadbury chocolate factory in Dunedin set to close down next year [+ Videos]

    RNZ National audio files re Cadbury closure:


    16.2.17 Channel 39 News: Cadbury factory expected to close in 2018

    Channel 39 Published on Feb 15, 2017
    Cadbury factory expected to close in 2018
    Hundreds of worried staff are gathering at the Cadbury factory in Dunedin ahead of an expected announcement about the closure of the plant. The Otago Daily Times understands owner Mondelez International has decided to close the factory, effective next year. It is not yet known what the announcement will mean for the popular tourism attraction Cadbury World, which is closed today but will reopen tomorrow. It is understood night-shift staff were sent home early and among those asked to attend this morning’s meeting. Staff spoken to outside the plant this morning were reluctant to comment, saying they knew little about what was coming. A Mondelez spokesman would only say more information would be available later today.

    16.2.17 Channel 39 News: Dunedin’s mayor moves to support affected Cadbury workers

    Channel 39 Published on Feb 15, 2017
    Dunedin Mayor moves to support affected Cadbury workers
    Dunedin’s Mayor David Cull told reporters today the city would support workers affected by the closer of the Cadbury factory. Here is the video of the press conference, more details will follow both online and on our Channel 39 news broadcasts on Freview later today.

  18. Elizabeth

    “I don’t have the exact numbers [of Pacific Island Cadbury workers] but I think it would be fairly close to 100. There’s history with Cadbury.” –Lester Dean

    Fri, 17 Feb 2017
    ODT: Blow to Island community
    The Pacific Island community in Dunedin will be hit hard by the closure of Cadbury. Pacific Trust Otago chief executive Lester Dean said the factory had a high proportion of Pacific workers, and in some families, three generations had worked there. “It’s impacting on the Pacific community as a whole.” Cont/


    Fri, 17 Feb 2017
    ODT: Stunned by closure
    A plan to shut the gates on more than a century of chocolate history at Dunedin’s Cadbury factory sent a shockwave through the city yesterday. The proposal, revealed by Cadbury owner Mondelez International yesterday, would result in the Cadbury factory being closed and most of its sprawling central city site sold for redevelopment. The move would cost 362 workers their jobs by the time the plant closes early next year, while  popular tourist attraction Cadbury World would be relocated but remain open. […] The news triggered a wave of reaction from political, business and union leaders in Dunedin and Wellington yesterday.
    ….The plan remained a proposal while Cadbury consulted staff to see whether any alternatives could be identified […] Under Mondelez’s plan, about 200 staff would lose their jobs late this year, with the rest following when the factory finally closed in March next year. That was despite about $80million having been invested in the Dunedin factory over the past decade, [Amanda Banfield, Mondelez International’s area vice-president for Australia, New Zealand and Japan] said. In the end, the factory’s low volumes, complex and costly portfolio of products and distance from the Australian market, where about 70% of products were shipped, all counted against the Dunedin operation, she said. Cont/

    If confirmed, the plan would see Cadbury World shifted to the Dairy Building on the Castle St side of the Cadbury complex. The building was already undergoing redevelopment and would provide additional room for the attraction, which has 110,000 visitors a year.


    Fri, 17 Feb 2017
    ODT: Closing against world trends
    The high cost of manufacturing in Australia, along with a more regulated environment, meant the decision to close the Cadbury factory in Dunedin went against international trends. Cont/

    Fri, 17 Feb 2017
    ODT: Minister in ‘cuckoo land’: union
    The Dunedin economy can absorb the 362 workers set to be laid off in the Cadbury closure, Economic Development Minister Simon Bridges says. Cont/


    Fri, 17 Feb 2017
    ODT Editorial: The last blow to Cadbury
    OPINION The final part of Dunedin’s large-scale manufacturing is being ripped from the city following an announcement yesterday the Cadbury factory will close sometime next year. About 350 workers will lose their jobs as Cadbury owner Mondelez International closes the operation. Mondelez is an American multinational confectionery, food, and beverage company based in Illinois which employs about 107,000 people around the world. It has annual revenue of nearly $US30billion and its shares trade at about $US45 each. Dunedin is a mere speck on the map for this multinational company which also owns Nabisco, Lefevre-Utile, Enjoy Life Foods, J. S. Fry & Sons and Cote d’Or.
    ….History tells us Richard Hudson set up his bakery making biscuits in Dunedin in the late 1860s. In 1884, he visited Europe where he bought a chocolate-making plant. Cadbury originally supplied New Zealand with chocolate from its factory in England, but in 1928 increased duties on imported goods forced the company to look for a local manufacturer, to remain competitive. An amalgamation in 1930 formed Cadbury Fry Hudson, building on Richard Hudson’s existing Dunedin chocolate, confectionery and biscuit business. The vacant factory will from next year be a major reminder of what Dunedin has lost. Cont/

  19. Elizabeth

    Up to 10 jobs to go as Sky TV’s Dunedin office sets to close in April.
    More details later today.

  20. Hype O'Thermia

    When Cadbury put cheap palm oil in their chocolate that’s not the only reduction in quality they made. Cocoa solids went down to j-u-s-t above the limit under which cheap brown confectionery cannot be sold as “chocolate”. Those products labelled “choc” – that’s not to save space on the label, it is because they have too little cocoa solids to qualify as chocolate.
    They reduced the size of the blocks – in new cardboard packaging. Only the new packaging was publicised by the company, as if chocolate lovers cared. In response to outrage they said the shrinking was so the price wouldn’t have to go up, because people didn’t want to have to pay more for a block of chocolate. People who had never looked beyond the Cadbury section on the shelf tried Whittakers and were enthusiastic on social media.
    The range of imported and NZ-made chocolate on supermarket shelves has increased too.
    If only Whittakers could take over the Dunedin factory – but they are too smart to get so big so fast they can’t be excellent. A pity it’s not possible, as they’d be good employers and Dunedin would be so proud of the product.

    • Elizabeth

      Without political or environmental awareness I stopped buying Cadbury chocolate when their recipe changed out of sight with the palm oil debacle. The creaminess gone I switched to Lindt products – since Whittaker’s has the wrong texture and taste also.
      Sorry, this doesn’t help Cadbury folk at Dunedin :(

  21. Kleinefeldmaus

    A bit of history regarding the end of Cadbury in Dunedin

    Richard Hudson
    A one-time cabin boy who learned to bake, Richard Hudson moved to Dunedin in 1873 where he launched a biscuit, cake and confectionery business. He was probably the first New Zealand trader to sell a pie and a cup of coffee for sixpence. By the 1880s, he was one of the city’s most prosperous citizens. Using imported technology, he expanded his business from biscuits into chocolate, making Hudson’s a household name. Hudson was an advocate of the eight-hour working day and the first Dunedin manufacturer to ban work on Saturday afternoons. In 1930 the company merged with British chocolate maker Cadbury’s to become Cadbury Fry Hudson. Later, as Cadbury Confectionery, it continues to lead its industry.
    NZ Business Hall of Fame

    Cadbury 1900
    Richard Hudson | biscuits from 1868 and chocolate from 1884
    Directions: The factory stands between Cumberland and Castle Streets in the block between St Andrew and Stuart Streets. The public entrance is on Cumberland Street.
    Description: The site of the only whisky distillery in New Zealand to be closed by the government as a result of representations from Scottish distillers. In 1900 Richard Hudson purchased a section on the corner of Cumberland and St Andrew Streets, then a two acre block, when his Moray Place biscuit and chocolate departments were cramped for space. The distillery was replaced by a large three storey brick building, which was rebuilt after a disastrous fire in 1902. The strain of the fire must have taken its toll as Richard died just 10 months later. His six sons took over the business and in 1930 amalgamated to become Cadbury Fry Hudson. The company has always valued its staff, in line with the Quaker Bournville founders in England. Cadbury’s successfully adapted to changing times; the depression, the Schweppes merger of 1969, diversification and commercial competition. In 1996 when the head office moved to Auckland, Managing Director Paul Hudson resigned. He was the last family connection and has subsequently held many offices as a Dunedin City Councillor.
    Southern Heritage Trust: Otago trails

    Final nail in the coffin.
    Cadburys (UK owned) sold to Kraft, renamed Mondelez (US owned), the rest as they say is history.

    hudson-history-via-mick-field-17-2-17-editInformation from the interpretive sign at St Leonards that refers to Hudson’s business in Dunedin in the early days. The annual picnic that Richard Hudson treated his staff to is a far cry from the ‘picnic’ that Mondelez is treating them to today.

    Additional references -Eds

    Historic Cemeteries Conservation Trust New Zealand
    Text by Jennifer Hudson
    Richard Hudson, founder of R. Hudson and Co., which was the beginnings of Cadbury Schweppes Hudson, is buried in Dunedin’s Northern cemetery, next to his mother-in-law who predeceased him, and his wife. In life he was a man of some stature in the Dunedin community, but in death he has no memorial, no headstone. The gravesite is fenced around in a beautiful cast iron design, but there is no grave marker. It is rumoured that he wished to have no memorial, but headstones are not for the departed but for the living, by which they remember the deceased and beside which they can grieve.
    The Evening Star – Saturday 11 April 1903 – reported on the death of Richard Hudson….

    richard-hudson-grave-northern-cemetery-dunedin-cemeteries-org-nzRichard Hudson grave, Northern Cemetery

    Hudson’s biscuit factory, Dunedin
    A biscuit factory was founded by Richard Hudson in Dunedin in 1868. He saw his business grow rapidly, and in 1876 he purchased a larger building, the Masonic Hall in Moray Place, and fitted it out as a factory. By 1900 the biscuit and chocolate departments were cramped for space so a section on the corner of Cumberland and St Andrews streets was purchased together with a larger section between Cumberland and Castle streets where a new factory was built. This is the Hudson’s biscuit factory in Castle Street in 1926, four years after the company joined up with Cadbury Brothers.

    Cadburys factory, Dunedin
    This aerial view of the Cadburys plant on Cumberland Street in Dunedin in 2004 shows how it takes up most of a city block. In 1930 R. Hudson and Company joined with Cadbury Brothers.

  22. Elizabeth

    At Facebook:

  23. Elizabeth

    Garrick Tremain – 17 Feb 2017


    Fri, 17 Feb 2017
    ODT: Staff vow to fight factory closure
    Cadbury factory workers and their union are vowing to fight to keep the business open. […] the workers had been getting scores of messages of support from across the city and New Zealand. E Tu organiser Mike Kirwood said Mondelez International Australia and New Zealand gave the union a formal proposal at a meeting at the factory today and talked to them about it. The meeting today had a couple of heated moments, he said. “We told them we weren’t happy.” The proposal was to shut the factory down, he said. The union would “pick the proposal to pieces” and challenge them on it at a meeting with Mondelez on Tuesday. Cont/

  24. Elizabeth

    Sat, 18 Feb 2017
    ODT: ‘No media ban implemented’
    Mondelez International has denied it banned Cadbury workers from speaking publicly about the closure of the Dunedin factory. Workers told reporters they were not allowed to speak to them, and the New Zealand Herald reported on a leaked briefing pack that told staff not to speak to media. The packs were handed out on Thursday when staff were told of the proposed closure.
    The company said yesterday there had been “no media ban implemented in response to yesterday’s proposal announcement” but workers were subject to the company’s “standard” media policy. Cont/


    At Facebook:

    Sun, 19 Feb 2017
    ODT: Energy Centre will lose one of biggest customers
    The Dunedin Energy Centre will lose one of its biggest customers when Cadbury closes, as it uses about 20% of the steam generated in the thermal energy plant. […] Pioneer Energy chief executive Fraser Jonker, of Alexandra, said he was surprised by the news and had had no warning.
    “We met with their management at the end of last year, and I actually came out of that meeting quite positive; they were quite upbeat. I think for [local management] it must have been a huge shock.” The energy centre would be viable without Cadbury. However, Mr Jonker’s biggest concern was the wider effects of the closure on Dunedin. Cont/

    (via ODT)
    The Dunedin Energy Centre would continue to service Dunedin Hospital, the University of Otago, and some smaller clients. “It’s one of only two district energy schemes in the country. We’ve got good-quality customers.” Customers are connected to the centre’s boilers with underground pipes. The 24-hour Castle St facility has seven full-time staff.

  25. Elizabeth
  26. Elizabeth

    At Facebook:

    Any links to the values of Cadbury’s founders were lost when it was sold to Kraft, which later became Mondelez International, in 2010.

    Sat, 18 Feb 2017
    ODT: Operation transformed from caring to ‘heartless’
    Cadbury has transformed from a company that  cared about staff to a “heartless” multinational which only sees them as numbers on a spreadsheet, its former marketing manager says. Mike Groves, who worked for Cadbury from 1967 to 1981, said the company had long since lost sight of the ideals which once made it New Zealand’s most trusted company in a Readers Digest survey. The closure of the Dunedin factory was the final blow in a series of decisions that had slowly destroyed the New Zealand brand, Mr Groves said. […] When he worked at the factory Cadbury still had strong links to the Cadbury family and its Quaker values. “They were a Quaker firm and they believed in Quaker values and that included being honest and acting ethically to staff, customers and suppliers.” This respect resulted in a loyal workforce.

  27. Elizabeth

    Mon, 20 Feb 2017
    ODT: Please don’t boycott Cadbury: union
    The union representing the majority of 362 Dunedin Cadbury staff set to lose their jobs by the start of 2018 has called for the public not to boycott Cadbury’s chocolate. […] Union E tu’s industry co-ordinator Chas Muir said the factory closure was not just a poor economic decision but would “do huge harm to this brand, wherever the chocolate is produced”. He says, however, the workers want the public to continue to support local production, because that would secure their jobs until the factory closed, he said. Cont/

  28. Elizabeth

    Mayor Dave Cull’s comments after the plan to close Cadbury’s manufacturing in Dunedin was announced last Thursday were uninformed and unconsidered, writes Rob Hamlin.

    Mon, 20 Feb 2017
    ODT: Power and responsibility
    OPINION Two views were expressed in last Friday’s Otago Daily Times about Dunedin and its suitability for manufacturing exports. In the first, “Mr Cull said the planned closure of the Cadbury factory was another reminder Dunedin was ‘geographically poorly placed’ to manufacture for overseas markets. He did not blame Mondelez for putting profits first.” In the second, the Otago-Southland Employers Association chief executive, said this: “The high cost of manufacturing in Australia, along with a more regulated environment, meant the decision to close the Cadbury factory in Dunedin went against international trends. Dunedin had a high quality local milk supply and a port with easy access to international markets, making the decision to move to a more regulated environment in Australia surprising.”
    The statements from these two city leaders are contradictory on several points, with the leading contradiction, highlighted in italics. One would suspect that when it comes to business conditions, the Employers Association chief executive would be better informed. The Mayor’s statement is therefore particularly disappointing. With statements like this, Mr Cull not only damns the local Cadbury’s operation, but every other company trying to make a crust in Dunedin by manufacturing and exporting. Cont/

    Note Rob Hamlin’s concluding paragraph [our bolding]:

    With power comes responsibility, and this apparently “knee-jerk” comment inferring Dunedin’s blanket unsuitability for manufacturing and exporting in my view breaches that duty of responsibility, given that it is so global in its nature, comes from the highest official level within the city’s administration and seems to be in direct contradiction to more informed local business sources who could (and should) have been consulted before going public in such a damaging manner.

    ● Rob Hamlin is a senior lecturer in the marketing department at the University of Otago.

    • Calvin Oaten

      Rob sums up the position nicely. The company is delinquent, our Mayor is incompetent, leaving the city vulnerable to attack from all directions. But hey! what’s new, it has for the whole of this century been in the hands of the power levels of intellectualism which has steadily reduced it to bankruptcy of both financial as well as new thought and radicalism. Watch this space for the final quiverings of a once sound, well founded social entity. Those left just have to face it and hope for some change of management. Not visible at present.

  29. Elizabeth

    ODT 20.2.17 (page 8)


  30. Hype O'Thermia

    Oliver Lequeux isn’t the daggy oddball he was painted when he ran for mayor. If only we could turn the clock back and elect him, or ANYONE! ABC – anyone but Cull. The TV personality hasn’t translated well from state funded broadcasting.

  31. Elizabeth

    At Facebook + Video:

    Mon, 20 Feb 2017
    ODT: Closure of Cadbury factory corporate ‘greed’: Little
    Labour leader Andrew Little has criticised the corporate “greed” behind Mondelez International’s plan to close Dunedin’s Cadbury factory. Mr Little, who is in Dunedin today, met union representatives at the Cadbury factory this morning to discuss the company’s proposal, which would cost 362 workers their jobs. […] He called on Mondelez to allow Cadbury staff to take up new job offers without losing their redundancy entitlements, but also criticised the company’s approach. […] He also criticised Mondelez’s “unlawful” attempts to gag its staff and prevent them talking to media, saying workers had a right to be heard. Cont/

    OtagoDailyTimes Published on Feb 19, 2017
    Andrew Little on Cadbury closure

  32. The delinquent ‘Bully Boys’ showed their true colours when Theresa May growled a bit. See in the Telegraph (UK) below.

    Where is Bill English and Dave Cull?

    The Telegraph 19 Feb 2017 • 8:09pm
    Warren Buffett’s Kraft Heinz rebuffed after approaching Unilever over £115bn takeover
    By Ashley Armstrong, Retail Editor
    Kraft Heinz (AKA Mondelez) has dramatically abandoned its £115bn swoop on Unilever as its billionaire owners retreated from political opposition to what would have been the biggest ever takeover of a British company. The withdrawal came hours after it emerged that Prime Minister Theresa May had ordered officials to scrutinise the bid for the UK’s third-largest listed company, following high-level, separate talks between Number 10 and the two sides. The Telegraph understands they included conversations with top executives at 3G Capital, the Brazilian private equity firm behind Kraft Heinz.
    Maybe Mr English (or Mr Key) should have had a ‘conversation’ when Kraft took over Cadbury a few years back. But ‘business is business’. The big sharks gobble up the smaller fish and spit out the left overs. However sooner or later the national interests of sovereign nations are affected by this sort of activity and it is the business of government to protect the sovereign interest of the nation. Otherwise these bully boys will run roughshod over everyone.
    Trump is aware – was Key?

  33. Kleinefeldmaus

    A bit more background –
    The Murky business of takeovers

    The takeover of Cadbury by US based Kraft in 2010 prompted a revamp of the rules governing how foreign firms buy UK companies. Dunedin was just part of the baggage.

    Many in the world of mergers and acquisitions felt that it had become too easy for foreign firms to buy UK rivals and the process had become a little murky.

    The Panel of Takeovers and Mergers (UK), which regulates this area reviewed the laws and in September 2011 changes were made to the Takeover Code. Broadly it strengthened the hand of target companies, and demanded more information from bidders about their intentions after the purchase, particularly on areas like job cuts.

    That became a big issue when Kraft bought Cadbury. Just a week after promising to keep Cadbury’s Somerdale factory, near Bristol open, Kraft backtracked and said it would close the plant. Kraft later defended itself by saying that when it had more information it realised it was not “feasible to keep Somerdale open”. Yeah right.

    See any similarities here in Dunedin? Just the way the Cookie Bear crumbles I s’pose.

    {Your comment went to Spam. It was cleared on 3.3.17 at 12:38 a.m. -Eds}

  34. Peter

    I see that local councils are providing ‘support’ for these workers in light of this news with promises of new jobs elsewhere. I am sceptical. I suspect this is a knee jerk reaction to show ‘sympathy’ and to appear to be doing…something. How real are those jobs and why haven’t they already been filled? How many hours per week, per job?
    It is a normal human reaction to be positive in the face of adversity, but we also need to be real about the truth behind globalisation. Mainstream politicians and parties don’t want to know. At their own peril and ours. We are ripe for exploitation by Trump type politicians who sloganise to good effect.

  35. Elizabeth

    Mayor Cull hosts public relations and media DISASTER lol – Dave is a ‘look forward’ kinda guy. Right? Skills (mayor and council coms) to cope with major industrial disputes : BIG FAT ZERO.

    (quelle surprise)

    Wed, 22 Feb 2017
    ODT: Union fights as Cadbury meeting ends in farce
    By Eileen Goodwin
    A top-level meeting to discuss the Cadbury closure ended in farce today with reporters being ejected from the Dunedin City Council civic centre, and the workers’ union leaving early citing legal concerns. E tu national industry strategy director Neville Donaldson said Dunedin Mayor Dave Cull’s focus was on what would happen when the factory closed, but the union is fighting the closure, which is legally a proposal. The meeting included representatives from business, the social sector, MPs, and a group from Mondelez International.
    ….The ODT is seeking a response from Mr Cull and Mondelez International.

    Go to link for full report….


    Wed, 22 Feb 2017
    ODT: Mondelez seeks cash for carnival
    By Eileen Goodwin
    Mondelez International will line up for more ratepayer cash for the Cadbury Chocolate Carnival, despite its plan to close the Dunedin factory and put 362 people out of work. A company spokesman said yesterday: “We won’t know if we have received the council funding for the next event until about June.” Cont/

  36. Simon

    Why shouldn’t Mondelez line up for more handouts. Pro rugby did, and it now costs the ratepayers $20million a year to service the rugby debt.

  37. Elizabeth

    At Facebook:

    Mr Mayor is nothing more than a public embarrassment.

    OtagoDailyTimes Published on Feb 21, 2017
    Cadbury summit meeting at DCC
    A top-level meeting to discuss the Cadbury closure ended in farce today with reporters being ejected from the Dunedin City Council civic centre, and the workers’ union leaving early citing legal concerns.


    Thu, 23 Feb 2017
    ODT: Meeting called both farcical and constructive
    By Eileen Goodwin
    A meeting between Dunedin’s leaders and Mondelez International over the Cadbury factory was labelled a “farce” by a union representative and “constructive” by Dunedin Mayor Dave Cull. The meeting of business, civic, and political leaders started with the union walking out and ended with Mr Cull angrily ejecting Allied Press media from the Dunedin City Council civic centre. He later called this a misunderstanding.
    ….Allied Press reporters were told to leave the civic centre by the mayor and DCC communications director Graham McKerracher. Mr McKerracher said the area outside the mayoral lounge was “not a public place” […] The Mondelez group appeared to have left the building using a back entrance. Cont/
    – Additonal reporting by Vaughan Elder


    Thu, 23 Feb 2017
    ODT: Mondelez request outrages
    By Eileen Goodwin
    There was outrage and disbelief yesterday in response to Mondelez International’s plan to apply for ratepayer cash to hold this year’s Cadbury Chocolate Carnival. […] Almost all comments on the ODT website and Facebook page were opposed to providing cash to the multinational. Cont/

    • Elizabeth

      Rolling back through DCC Facebook is to meet a bunch of woolly giraffes (hear that DCC Coms!!!) -_-

      “The Dunedin City Council hosted a constructive meeting this afternoon in Dunedin to explore a city-wide approach to supporting the community affected by the proposal to close Cadbury plant.”

      So why did Mayor Daaave look so diminished and fraught coming out of that meeting (see comments above), following with what sounded like a complete breakdown when talking to John Campbell on RNZ Checkpoint that night. Fact does not equal fiction.

  38. Hype O'Thermia

    Sir sir please Mr Mayor sir….
    I’ve got a Plan!
    When South Dunedin has to be abandoned because of sea level rise, which is happening awfully fast out there, the Cadbury complex will be ideal, just turn it into a whole lot of apartments.
    With DCC’s speedy problem solving and excellence at cutting through unnecessary red tape it can be done before the lowest lying properties are inundated. Can’t it, Dave?

  39. Elizabeth

    Here’s another nail arriving for Dunedin’s retail coffin, Daaave.
    Hmm, 10,000 new jobs, with another $10K in the pocket, in 10 years is SO NOT POSSIBLE, and never was. Better tell the OVER-paid aspirational bunnies at Enterprise Dunedin they’re looking at demotion.

    At Facebook:

  40. russandbev

    I had the (mis)fortune to hear the John Campbell Radio NZ interview with the bumbling Mayor tonight. Cull couldn’t string two words together and seemed unable to define what jobs were filled by Cadbury World and what jobs were being lost at the actual factory. Just why anyone would believe that they would visit a chocolate manufacturing site when there wasn’t one there was lost in the sea of rubbish. What a sad indictment on Dunedin.

    Link to RNZ audio:'pointless'-mayor -Eds

  41. Rob Hamlin

    Yes, I heard that one too – not flash at all – seemed to be stressed to the point of fracture – a follow on from the scene outside the meeting room yesterday. Overwhelmed by too many balls in the air. Perhaps the DCC’s earth dam against the lake of reality is finally about to burst. .

  42. Elizabeth

    RNZ News : War of words over Cadbury closure ‘pointless’ – mayor
    The mayor of Dunedin can not see any way Cadbury’s plan to axe more than 300 jobs in the city can be prevented, he says … He told Checkpoint with John Campbell today it would be “pointless to engage in a war of words” with the multinational.

    University of Otago business marketing lecturer Rob Hamlin:
    “While Dunedin is a relatively out-of-the-way place, one has to remember that the cost of international shipping has reached a level, that certainly for something that is dense and relatively robust like chocolate or a chocolate input, shipping it around the world in a container is almost an inconsequential cost.” He said he believed the proposed closure was due to the internal politics within Mondelez, which as a foreign-owned company did not have a direct sense of accountability to the workers that a locally-owned business might have.
    Read full article


    RNZ Published on Feb 22, 2017
    Cadbury owner wants $55k of taxpayer money for carnival
    Cadbury’s owner, Mondelez, was given $55,000 last year and in 2015 for the Cadbury Chocolate Carnival. It might apply again, despite its plans to close its factory and put more than 350 people out of work.

  43. Elizabeth

    Received from Mick Field
    Tue, 21 Feb 2017 at 8:13 a.m.

    Message: Of course Mondelez can do as they please – but others can fill the gap – Richard Hudson saw opportunities – and built a small empire – and he treated his workers with respect.


    *Andrew Little via

  44. Hype O'Thermia

    Rainbow (was Regina) Confectionery in Oamaru make sweets but mostly sold as Pams or in bulk bins. I bought a Regina branded bag of pineapple Chunks ( the other day. Very good flavour and texture … but that’s by the bye. Why do we need a big slick festival, subsidised by rates, that’s a huge advertisement for a company that has decided it wants even more profit so OUR people can go jump in the lake for all they care? Why don’t we have a festival of fabulous sweets and snacks highlighting local producers, indeed all NZ producers large and small? Why not have school art projects, OU business and marketing students, adopt a producer and make an event, giant jigsaw puzzles on big cubes that have to be moved by teams to make pictures of (e.g.) bag of pineapple chunks – sort of like Rubiks cubes with different pictures on each side, so the teams get a bigger treat-pack for choosing one that nobody else does, otherwise it’s split among first, second and 3rd finished. There have to be plenty of odd non-glitzy, rich with ideas if poor with funding, ways to have a weekend festival celebration. Not apologetically – retro is Now! so let’s be retro, a bit hicksville, down-homey – the tastes of real sweets and treats made with real ingredients not E numbers and palm oil and substitutes.

  45. Calvin Oaten

    All the raving and bluster by ‘Bob the Builder’ our Mayor is wasted beyond a bit of electioneering (disputable) over this issue of Cadbury. I simply ask the question: Has any effort been made to read the Mondelez balance sheet with particular reference to its debt. Might be worth a glance.

  46. Elizabeth

    As at July 2016, via Google, several online business commentators indicated that Mondelez International’s (NASDAQ:MDLZ) long-term debt makes up only about a third of its capital structure.

    Compare: Hershey (NYSE:HSY) comes close to Pepsi with long-term debt at about two thirds of the capital structure.

    Financial Times :

    Mondelez International, Inc. is a snack company. The Company manufactures and markets snack food and beverage products for consumers in approximately 165 countries around the world. The Company operates through five segments: Latin America; Asia Pacific; Eastern Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EEMEA); Europe, and North America. Its portfolio includes over seven brands, including Nabisco, Oreo and LU biscuits; Cadbury, Cadbury Dairy Milk and Milka chocolates, and Trident gum, as well as over 50 brands. The Company’s brands span five product categories: biscuits (including cookies, crackers and salted snacks); chocolate; gum and candy; beverages (including coffee and powdered beverages), and cheese and grocery. The Company’s other brands include Oreo, Chips Ahoy!, Ritz, TUC/Club Social and belVita biscuits; Cadbury Dairy Milk, Milka and Lacta chocolate; Trident gum; Hall’s candy, and Tang powdered beverages.
    See data at
    [Data delayed at least 15 minutes, as of Feb 23 2017 21:00 GMT.]

    WithTheEconomist Published on Mar 17, 2016
    Mondelez International CEO Irene Rosenfeld discusses innovating fast at scale
    Speaker: Irene Rosenfeld, Chairman and chief executive, Mondelez International
    Moderator: Alexandra Suich, Technology editor, The Economist

    Fortune Magazine Published on Oct 14, 2015
    CEO Irene Rosenfeld speaks on the future of Mondelēz International | Fortune’s Most Powerful Women
    Fortune’s Patti Sellers sits down with CEO Irene Rosenfeld to talk about how activists are effecting Mondelēz international.
    FORTUNE is a global leader in business journalism with a worldwide circulation of more than 1 million and a readership of nearly 5 million, with major franchises including the FORTUNE 500 and the FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For. FORTUNE Live Media extends the brand’s mission into live settings, hosting a wide range of annual conferences, including the FORTUNE Global Forum.

    Yale School of Management Published on May 1, 2014
    Irene Rosenfeld, Chairman and CEO of Mondelez International
    Leaders Forum – “A Conversation with Irene Rosenfeld”
    Dr Irene Rosenfeld, Chairman and CEO of Mondelez International

    Moody’s :

    Rating: Baa1, Not on Watch
    Type: LT Issuer Rating
    Date: 19 Oct 2016

    Rating: P-2, Not on Watch
    Type: Commercial Paper – Dom Curr
    Date: 19 Oct 2016

    OUTLOOK Stable
    Date: 19 Oct 2016

    29 Dec 2016 Credit Opinion Mondelez International, Inc.: Update to Discussion of Key Credit Factors [paywall]

    Calvin, if you have different information please share.

  47. Calvin Oaten

    No, Just a thought. I have since viewed a comprehensive profile on Wikipedia and noticed that they had closed a Cadbury factory at a place called Somerdale, simply putting the place on the block at $50-odd million and then transferred its production to Poland. Something which Mondelez had promised they wouldn’t do. So, this is the classic ‘globalisation’ tactics of the ‘big’ people, not one to bend to any entreaties from little old Dunedin or Bob the Builder.

    {Link: -Eds}

  48. Rob Hamlin

    The action above, Calvin, earned Mondelez a very rare admonishment from the UK Govt agency involved. As to shipping costs, a 40′ container will hold over a quarter of a million family chocolate sized bars. I would be surprised if a major shipper could not get a container shipped from here to UK for circa NZ$2,000 giving a trans-global shipping cost of less than 1cent per bar, or about 1/3 of 1% of its retail value. The vast majority of shipping costs is in local distribution at the far end of any container run.

    We live in a World where fresh salads are made daily in Kenya and other countries nearby, put in their light, bulky and fragile transparent plastic ‘blow-trays’, then FLOWN to the UK and distributed around the nation’s supermarkets as the standard ready-made salad product.

    Near-free shipping is what globalisation is all about. Take a look in the wine and craft beer sections of your local supermarkets if you still not convinced. If you’re still not convinced after that – go have a look a the dry good sections of your supermarket and see how many products are not from here and often even not from Australia. Oh yes, and quite a few of the cut flowers that you bought on Valentine’s Day weren’t grown here either.

  49. Hype O'Thermia

    So it’s cheaper wages? Or ideological?

  50. Elizabeth

    Informative expanded article:

    Thu, 23 Feb 2017
    ODT: The bitter aftertaste to Cadbury’s closing
    The river of chocolate that sustained thousands of Dunedin workers over the years looks set to run dry. But while the closure of Cadbury’s landmark factory will be a major blow to the southern city, no one is seeing it as a sign of wider problems in the manufacturing sector.
    Read more NZME

  51. Elizabeth

    Mayor Unpopular Cull, Local Manufacturing Business Denigrator
    I take it then, Cull has his nose close to the ground and regularly calls on local businesses to meet their personnel, understand their operations and offer encouragement. Tui.

    Dave Cull, on the day Cadbury’s plan was revealed, [said] it was another example of the challenges facing manufacturers in Dunedin. “I think this is a reminder, again, that Dunedin is geographically poorly placed to manufacture a bulky product that needs transportation great distances, and it’s particularly vulnerable when the business is actually owned by a corporate that has other alternatives. Dunedin isn’t well placed, given the markets are so far away.” It was a familiar theme from Mr Cull, who has talked before about the challenges of manufacturing in the city and the need to encourage a new wave of high-tech jobs. But that did not stop a backlash from some quarters of the city’s manufacturing industry, and a rebuttal from Labour leader Andrew Little. (via ODT)

    Good job by reporter Chris Morris.

    Sat, 25 Feb 2017
    ODT: Hopes remain for manufacturing
    By Chris Morris
    Is there life after Cadbury for manufacturing in Dunedin? And, if there is, what might it look like? […] Business leaders spoken to by the Otago Daily Times were divided on Mondelez’s plan — some seeing it as understandable behaviour by a large multinational, while others said it was “short-sighted” and “a huge mistake”. But some also took issue with Mr Cull’s comments about manufacturing, including [Greg Jolly, general manager of Tuapeka Gold Print], who said Cadbury’s announcement, and Mr Cull’s comments, were both “really sad”. “Personally I think it’s pretty sad when the Mayor of Dunedin is writing off manufacturing. I think that sort of attitude is wrong.”
    It was a view shared by Trevor Scott, the chairman of Harraways, whose Green Island oat mill has been operating for 150 years. “We were pretty appalled at our mayor making the statement that he did … I happen to be chairman of a company that is manufacturing here, exports and is successful,” he said.
    ….Progressive Plastics managing director Neville Chisholm was among those drawn to Dunedin last year. He bought the company, which manufactured packaging and other products, in May last year, and said the “very sad” news about Cadbury was not a death knell for manufacturing in the city. His company was small, with nine staff, but growing, and Dunedin offered a cost-effective base, a skilled and stable workforce, strong support industries and “fairly competitive” freight prices for goods heading north.
    And he was not alone, he said. “It often surprises me how many businesses, especially manufacturing businesses, are just ticking away in the background. They aren’t in the headlines, but they seem to be operating successfully, and I suspect for the same reasons as us.” Cont/


    Sat, 25 Feb 2017
    ODT: UK town still resentful about factory closure
    By Chris Morris
    The takeover of Cadbury is leaving a bitter taste in the mouths of chocolate fans and workers from the United Kingdom to Dunedin. The stories are the same, even if they are a world apart. Two big Cadbury factories, providing crucial employment to hundreds of workers, fell into the hands of a multinational giant that shut the gates on a proud history built on Quaker values. It’s a story that has already played out in Cadbury’s Somerdale factory, in the United Kingdom, and now history is threatening to repeat itself in Dunedin. Cont/

  52. Hype O'Thermia

    Is distance a big factor? Once goods are loaded onto a ship (train, plane) how much more expensive is it to transport them 100km v 1000km?
    Dunedin is closer to the port than most manufacturers in Auckland, isn’t it? And transport to and from port, railway station and even airport doesn’t face the delays of Auckland’s road transport – NZ manufacturers elsewhere may have better or worse conditions for loading than Dunedin or Auckland.
    Cull is a nincompoop, the poor faltering fool. We can’t expect sense from him, dunno why reporters bother to ask him about anything more complex than “Seen any good movies lately?”

  53. Simon

    Cull’s attitude to industry and other business is no different to those who have gone before him, and those who hang on to his coat tails to keep their chairmanships. A good example is the fruit and vegetable industry, that has been wiped from the face of the Taieri since amalgamation of the surrounding councils to form the Dunedin ‘District’ Council. Not a word of protest then for those hundreds who lost their jobs. Not a sound from those who were elected as representatives of the rural wards.To busy lining their pockets, and those of their cronies. Cadbury are going soon, probably to be followed by major hospital services. Another week of fury will follow in the ODT from politicians. Then when it has all died down the ODT becomes fish and chip paper. Could the last one out turn out the lights, if there are any lights that work after the Delta debacle.

  54. pb

    I always wondered about the empty looking garden rows on the way to Outram. Yes, it seems as if Cull’s council sees the business community as their ideological enemy. Little’s spray about evil corporations: enemy of the proletariat. All the insincere words of sympathy have been forgotten. There’s now just a bunch of people without a job. I bet people still munch their chocolate.

    Dunedin could develop niche industrial products once again. Export on a small scale locally and to the world. Small is beautiful. Labour is relatively cheap. The workforce is skilled. Our lifestyle is very attractive, but a well kept secret. Our regulators just need to get out of the way. Perhaps we can get a gold-rush moving again. Or invite a team of hardworking Chinese gardeners to turn the Taieri into the food basket of Dunedin again.

    • Elizabeth

      Right re niche products. Like the market gardens idea too. I went to high school at Oamaru with Kakanui Chinese market gardeners – we have those skills with us still, all around NZ, particularly in the greater Auckland area. Hmm. Dave’s not into any understanding of rural production and processing. But then, nor does he understand IT.

  55. Elizabeth

    At Facebook:

  56. Elizabeth

    At Facebook:

  57. Gurglars

    News Flash:

    Delta and Aurora to set up JV manufacturing widgets.

    DCC in total support including large interest free loans to both (new managers).

    Cull de Mayor states.

    As experienced businessmen, and leaders of the business growth in Dunedin (see back of bus) the deputy mayor Oakley Doakley Staynes. and I believe that if we make widgets, the market will come.

    10,000 jobs
    10,000 more residents reducing per capita debt by $1000 per ratepayer.
    $10,000 more per worker increasing widget cost to
    $99 each.

    Note from the Warehouse.
    (Where everyone gets a Widget)

    Widget sale now only $9.99

    Note from Milo Minderbinder in catch 22,

    “We buy widgets in Dunedin for $99 and sell them for $9.99 at a profit!”

  58. Elizabeth

    Two recent opinions at ODT:

    Fri, 3 Mar 2017
    Cadbury viability achievable
    Let’s keep Cadbury’s Kiwi gems in Dunedin, writes Otago Southland Employers Association chief executive Virginia Nicholls. She discusses why it makes sense for Cadbury manufacturing to stay in Dunedin.

    Wed, 1 Mar 2017
    Cadbury vulnerable in NZ
    Why boycott Cadbury products when, over time, they can be eliminated, asks Rob Hamlin. Consumer boycotts are usually ineffective against large and established fast-moving consumer goods brands such as Cadbury.

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