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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

41/365: Sadness for Cadbury's

Cadbury's chocolate is uniquely British. Foodies and the EU may sneer at its taste and ingredients,  but it's what we all grew up with, and the hostile takeover by Kraft was only ever going to end in tears. Now we hear they are closing the Bristol site, used by Cadbury's for 90 years and previously by the famous Quaker Fry chocolate dynasty for over 200 years.

It's very sad. Cadbury's was very enlightened in the way they treated their employees and their plants were more like families than factories. Like most of the chocolate dynasties, their founder was a Quaker and a philanthropist.

I'm not a big chocolate eater and I do like dark chocolate when I indulge (but not the overrated Green & Black, owned by Cadbury's). But I also remember fondly some old Cadbury's marques that have long since disappeared: Country Style, Aztec, Grand Seville. Those were the bars I used to munch as a child.

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