Disappointment Mondelez will not discuss options for keeping Cadbury part operational

Posted 5th Mar 2017

Dunedin Labour MPs Clare Curran and David Clark have questioned whether good faith has been shown by Cadbury factory owner Mondelez in refusing to discuss options for keeping the plant operating or part operating.

At a recent meeting convened by Dunedin Mayor Dave Cull to discuss the impact of the Cadbury closure Labour MPs asked Cadbury to come back to us on whether there was any likelihood of options being put on the table to keep all or part of the site operational, said Clare Curran.

This could involve leasing operations from Mondelez or purchasing part of the plant.

It is disappointing to hear that despite commitments at the meeting to take these requests back to senior management, Mondelez are unwilling or unable to discuss any options that could keep at least part production of iconic Cadbury products in our city, Clare Curran said.

The intent of the Mayoral group, as we saw it was to leave no stone unturned. We would expect that Mondelez, in good faith would make available senior management to discuss the viability of options, ranging from running a part operation in Dunedin, or selling or leasing equipment and premises to keep the Cadbury brand alive in New Zealand, David Clark said.

After 80 years operating out of Dunedin, after being described as one of the most efficient plants in the companys multinational stable, we would have hoped for better than that, said the MPs.

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