It has recently come to my attention that two cans of Nestle Baking Cocoa measure 110mm X 75mm, whilst the other measures 130mm x 75mm. It appears that you have increased the SIZE of the can, whilst the contents remain the same. Unfortunately, I never retained the receipts for Cans A and B, otherwise I could compare prices. Amanda Banfield, managing director of Australasia for Mondelez International, the parent company that owns Cadbury, said she expected a backlash. So the rationale for Cadbury’s decision to de facto increase their prices cannot be blamed on sugar, which is cheaper now than it was, five years ago. It would be interesting to note if when the price of cocoa beans collapsed to NZ$2,601.96 per metric ton, in March 2013, did the price of a Cadbury’s bar of chocolate increase in size? So with commodity prices for sugar and cocoa beans lower now than five years ago, and with low inflation, what other cause  could there be for the de facto price price of Cadbury’s chocolate bars? In this case, reducing the size of Cadbury chocolate bars by 20% is equivalent to a price increase, and Kraft’s shareholders will reap the rewards of increased profits. On 15 February, I contacted Statistics NZ, to enquire how SNZ views reduction in product sizes, whilst retail prices remain the same, in it’s calculation of the Consumer Price Index (CPI). The CPI measures price change in a “fixed” basket of goods and services, which means that we aim to measure price change based on quality being constant.
Wherever possible, I try to avoid buying the products of Multinational Corporations (and Swiss-based Nestle is one of the largest on the planet). For the same reason I avoid Starbucks and McDonalds and KFC and Wendys like the plague, and try to persuade the kids to do likewise, though again it isn’t easy.
I wonder: Does anyone out there knows if there is a kind of public register of NZ-owned and operated companies available on the internet? If so, I’d print out the list and put it in a gold frame and hang it on the dining room wall. I’m amazed that more people don’t seem to feel its important to keep NZ money within the borders of the country; to me its basic “Patriotism 101?!
Some years ago there was a fascinating flow-diagram of which multinationals owned what; I wish I’d grabbed a copy while it was doing the rounds. We don’t have competition, we have a hidden near monopoly which amounts to an outright plutocracy. Was there a point behind this article beyond you hypothesising about price rises in cocoa and chocolate?
Perhaps you could paraphrase what he is advocating then as I can’t see what he wants to happen. Onetrack – aside from your sarcasm, are you able to dispute any of the facts I’ve presented? In the meantime, park your high horse and Frank’s obsession with me being someone else and allow some dissent.
The same applies to you; If The Standard welcomes dissent (and by your implication, TDB does not), why don’t you go there instead? Hmmm ive got to wonder: if their managing director is blatantly lying to media about the reason for the size reduction (which is really just a price increase), does this constitute as false advertising?
Also, increasing the can size whilst reducing the contents (of the cocoa) is just downright misleading and is practically false advertising in itself in my opinion. However it is possible that I am not the only customer who since then has avoided Cadbury products, a policy made easier by the existence of Whittakers, apparently a New Zealand family firm.
So thanks for publicising this latest skullduggery, Frank, sometimes the informed market can be of use. But also remember that foreign companies like Kraft and Nestles want to control the entire world food supply. As our government does not care that we are being ripped off and disadvantaged by big corporations, we need more public awareness on these issues and people taking more responsibility for themselves although as Chris Trotter pointed out his recent article, we may need to go without some about favourite time wasting activities for a few days which would give us time to actually think. What am I missing here because to me it seems like he is saying that it will be represented as a price increase. Yes, the CPI will change in line with the increased price of the chocolate, and so continue to be accurate.


I too, like many I know, have avoided Cadbury since a few years ago when they were revealed to be substituting vegetable oil, including palm oil, for cocoa butter and reducing the size. When the quality of chocolate is discussed, my father would often comment that Cadbury chocolate here was the best chocolate he tasted from around the world before he immigrated here, unlike today. Fortunately due to the capitalist system and private enterprise there are several other chocolate brands so if you don’t like Nestle or Cadbury you can buy something else.
And how can consumers judge what is the truth, when it is buried amidst press releases that the MSM fail to challenge? Besides which, as Consumers, we certainly have the right to Buy or Not to Buy, for that is the only Question. But as Citizens, we also have the right to ask questions, as awkward as they might be to businesses.
If you believe they are engaging in uncompetitive or unethical behavior report them to the Commerce commission. Fairly simply questions, Gosman and your deflecting only indicates you have no answers to some very straight-forward questions. Instead, you seem to be engaged in rather puerile attempts at smart-aleckery and spouting mindless neo-liberal cliches.
It will take more than another user-name change to over-come the reputation you’ve built for yourself as an apologist for business and neo-liberalism.
From what I can tell your whole post is highlighting a company attempting to maximize profit via sneaky (but not illegal) means. In short Frank you might not like what they do but then you don’t have to be impacted by their behaviour.
Remember that next time you have a query or complaint you want to make against a business, Gosman. District Coordination Officers (DCOs) have been directed to complete all arrangements immediately to ensure sugar supply at the final retail price, according to a press release issued by the Chief Minister’s House. Meanwhile, the provincial government is yet to decide whether a special stall will be setup for providing sugar at subsidised rate or whether it will be made available through utility stores at a cheaper rate.
A spokesperson for the Sindh chief minister said that the government will take stiff action against hoarders and profiteers. Officials also said that the provincial government has made adequate arrangements for receiving 70,000 tons of sugar of the stock being offloaded by the Trading Corporation of Pakistan. On Wednesday, a meeting was held at the Chief Minister’s House to review the prices of essential commodities, including sugar. Talking to The Express Tribune a spokesperson for the chief minister said that the retail price of sugar has been fix at Rs71 per kilogramme. Talking to the media at the interior ministry in Islamabad on Thursday, the Director-General (DG) of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) Waseem Ahmed described the sugar crisis as a “burning issue”.
Dealers at the Bombay Sugar Merchant's Association (BSMA) stated that the price of sugar dropped today on lower demand from stockists,.
Small and medium grade sugar fell Rs 35 and Rs 15 per quintal respectively on continues selling activity from local traders. In ex-mill, small and medium grade sugar also declined by Rs 10 and Rs 40 per quintal respectively due to lack of new demand from industrial users, BSMA traders added.
Raw sugar prices are forecast to rise as much as 7% by Q2 2015, but recent trading suggests prices will come down in the longer term, according to an analyst at Rabobank. Get FREE access to authoritative breaking news, videos, podcasts, webinars and white papers. From botanicals to omega 3s, Millennials want products that include particular ingredients or meet specific requirements. However,   whilst the contents remained the same as Can A – the dimensions of the can inexplicably increased; 130mm (H) x 75mm (D).
Kraft financed the take-over deal by  borrowing a massive  ?7 billion (US$11.5 billion) to finance the deal.
Unless Cadbury is lying in it’s financial statements, their costs have actually fallen, not increased. The number one beneficiary is almost always shareholders, and consumers come a poor second (or third, or fourth…).


Likewise, if the can of beans went from 300g to 250g for the same price, it would be represented as a price increase. People may not care about global warming yet, but they will when these become hugely expensive. It is not always possible however, as often there is no local NZ or Australian based competitor that isn’t actually owned somewhere down the line by one of the multinationals anyway. From memory, there has hardly a company with a household name on the planet that wasn’t owned by one or the other of the Multinationals.
This is the sort of stuff missing from our msm, who simply repeated Cadbury’s PR without any real background story! The Cadbury family included many who were seriously enlightened employers in those days, and the Bournville village was a much nicer place than most of the Victorian workers’ accommodation in the area.
If others have done the same, Cadbury NZ may well be suffering in market share, perhaps incurring greater advertising and marketing costs. But of course in the interests of supporting our own economy we should only be buying from manufacturers and companies who are 100% New Zealand owned.
About a year ago Vegemite jars downsized and price has just continued going up so I suppose Yeast extract price is going through the roof to justify price rises?? If that is the case, then how can consumers make informed choices “to buy something else”? You have the right not to purchase them” is somewhat difficult when said businesses wilfully mis-represent what they are doing.
Less for more and have ones brain bent by the bigger tin into thinking that in fact one’s getting more for less .
Stern action will be taken against people found selling sugar at rates higher than the prescribed price,  the statement added. The meeting decided to set the retail price of sugar at Rs61, but within 24 hours the decision changed. He said that Interior Minister Rehman Malik has finalised an inquiry into the Trading Corporation Pakistan (TCP) case, adding that senior officials were found to have been involved in the case. The main producing nations, Cote d’Ivoire and Ghana, have yet to report a case of the virus. The exchange rate would be set by a fixed formula dependent upon the trade balance (If NZ exports little but imports lots then the exchange rate would go down making imports more expensive). Therefore I take it that someone else is attempting to appropriate your username – an action that raises my ire. It is not long ago that the NZ firm announced a change in the recipe of Dairy Milk that resulted in widespread outrage and an apparent climbdown by the company.
Also when are our milk prices going down to reflect the “global prices” we are paying?
Cote d’Ivoire has closed its borders with neighboring Guinea, which has been badly hit by the outbreak. Refined sugar from Pakistan was quoted at between $505 and $535 a ton.“White sugar from Pakistan is constantly going into the Middle East.
This does not reflect on you and I certainly have no cause to associate you with the person doing this.
We will certainly take action against hoarders if (enough) sugar is not brought out (in the open market) in the next 24 hours,” he said. We heard that the government will subsidise sugar transport, which I think should cut the prices. Indian traders had sealed some deals for small amounts of Pakistani sugar despite a domestic surplus, seeking to capitalise on lower prices across the border.Thai white sugar, which competes with sweetener from the Indian sub-continent, stood at premiums of $15 to $20 to London futures, down slightly from $25 to $30 last week.



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