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# 36840 2-Jul-2009 11:36
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Anyone see this on Fair Go lastnight? Cadburys have downsized their blocks and replaced some cocoa with vegetable fats.

http://tvnz.co.nz/fair-go/size-does-matter-2821930

First time in 25 years apparently. Not happy.

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  # 230230 2-Jul-2009 11:47
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And who hasn't downsized in the last year or so;



Griffins

Bluebird

Nestle



And the list goes on....



Unfortuantly for the consumer the Supermarkets took the price decrease as an opportunity to pad their margin ;-(

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  # 230232 2-Jul-2009 11:49
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Yup noticed the size difference quite a while ago but no change in price - someone asked Cadburys about it and Cadbury said if anything they had dropped the price, so its good old Progressive and co doing the dirty, mainly because the financial end of year is due and the shareholders want to see some extra dosh :)




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  # 230242 2-Jul-2009 12:18
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Suits me fine, I'll just buy Whittakers only from now on! I'd have been more upset if there wasn't any competition, I hope the people who are upset will actually change brands rather than supporting the change...

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  # 230246 2-Jul-2009 12:35
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Real chocolate is 70-80% cocoa.

This highly processed 20% cocoa padded with sugar and vegetable oil stuff is a disgrace. 

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  # 230248 2-Jul-2009 12:37
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I noticed it and spred it around, Whitakers is local (Wellington) and make a great product which is reasonaly cheap here too. Have you also noticed some Pascall (Cadbury) brands are now sourced from Asia?

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  # 230258 2-Jul-2009 12:55
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Isn't this new Cadbury chocolate now made in Ozz rather than NZ?? I suspect that the NZ ops are about to be exported..




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  # 230261 2-Jul-2009 13:04
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Whittakers Dark Ghana is the best!

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  # 230270 2-Jul-2009 13:15
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Yup, most Cadburys stuff now made in Australia from what i heard on TV this morning. Wonder if the milk they use is Australian or is that shipped in from overseas.....




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  # 230271 2-Jul-2009 13:15
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+1 for Whitakers. Much tastier.




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  # 230275 2-Jul-2009 13:25
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paradoxsm: I noticed it and spred it around, Whitakers is local (Wellington) and make a great product which is reasonaly cheap here too. Have you also noticed some Pascall (Cadbury) brands are now sourced from Asia?


Wow!, moving Dairy Milk to OZ is bad enough.. but did they seriously send all Pascall production to Asia??

What about their Dunedin factory.. and Cadbury world?

Damn, what a shame. Profits first eh.

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  # 230285 2-Jul-2009 13:48
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1+ also for Whittakers - Good honest Kiwi company. Plus make a good product.

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  # 230286 2-Jul-2009 13:50
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Dunedin factory is not going anywhere, its just they are concentrating on specific products (starch products, Roses, Jafas, Pebbles, hollow eggs etc etc) now, and are making some of the choc ingredients (crumb) for export. From what I can tell, what they are doing is getting specific parts of the world to make specific products. For example, the UK can make as many Cream Eggs in a month as Dunedin could in a year. The downsize in bars is because they are being imported from Aus now, an upside to this is we now get a greater range of flavors. Cadbury do NOT set the pricing. And with the vege oil thing, like they said, its either that or put prices up, coco has near on doubled in price in the last 2 years. Maybe look at some of the competitions vege fat content also.

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  # 230290 2-Jul-2009 14:07
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1+ also for Whittakers much nicer, gota love the peanut slab.

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  # 230297 2-Jul-2009 14:26
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The Cadbury Old Gold aways tasted to me of coconut oil. Prefer Lindt 80% but Whittakers would have to be the best of the bulk blocks. Actually the 79% and Almond is pretty good!

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  # 230300 2-Jul-2009 14:43
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QUOTE: "but did they seriously send all Pascall production to Asia??"

No "some" products were being made in Asia, if I wanted Asian or Indian made confectionery, I'd pay accordingly. (some of the Hilal stuff is rather nice and extremely cheap)

Still has stopped me buying their stuff altogether, Especilly the addition of the cheap palmolein I have migrated to Carousel, Mayceys, Rj's and Whittaker's (All made locally in NZ) and Beacon (South African boiled sweets)

A lot of other brands of "Chocolate" are cheap Vegetable-oil blends.

Anything that is "Choc" means that its compounded chocolate or made from mostly cheap palm fats. (Cooking choc, choc bar icecreams, "choc" chips in ice cream, most "choc" museli bars.

Perhaps the pack-size reductions may have come about from a cost blowout from all that expensive Cadbury advertising of recent? I wonder if the new cardboard packs cost more than the thin paper wrappers too?

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