Whittakers vs Cadbury

I wanted to include this advert in yesterday’s Pick N Mix but couldn’t find it online anywhere. It has shown up on NZ TV recently after big changes made by one of our major chocolate manufacturers. Cadbury has moved production to Australia, reduced the size of their blocks of chocolate, reduced the amount of cocoa solids in the chocolate and added palm oil to their recipe (which not only negatively affects the taste of the chocolate but also contributes to deforestation in Indonesia).

Whittakers’ is taking a well deserved dig at them here. I think without even trying Whittakers’ has just taken a large chunk of Cadbury’s consumer base, Cadbury basically handed it to them on a platter.

If you would like to protest against Cadbury’s use of palm oil you can join the Facebook group or sign the petition.

Pick N Mix – Week Starting 6 July 2009

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I hope all of my American readers had a lovely 4th of July (and long weekend if you were so lucky). We actually had someone letting off fireworks near our house on the 4th too!

On a different note, I was at the supermarket yesterday and while perusing the chocolate aisle I noticed that both Whittakers and Cadbury chocolate were on special. I went to get a block of Cadbury’s only to find they’d put them in boxes and reduced them in size by 20%!
After a bit of poking around online I see that not only have Cadbury reduced the size while keeping the price the same, they’ve also reduced the cocoa product and added palm oil instead, and most (if not all) of the family size blocks are being made offshore. Looks like I’m going to be a Whittakers girl from now on.