If Cadbury is being closed down in Dunedin it will rock the city. It is a local icon (despitebeing international owned now) and a significant employer.
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.
It is understood night shift staff were sent home early and among those asked to attend this morning’s meeting.
A few years ago Cadbury moved a lot of finished product manufacturing offshore (Tasmania and elsewhere), changed chocolate recipes, lost market share to Whittakers (I think) and now may have to close.
Dunedin continues to lose businesses and employers and car parks (including along both sides of the Cadbury block), but gains cycleways.
UPDATE: closure next year has been confirmed, with 350 jobs going.