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Me, Gil and Eran looking like a chocolate ninja
In 1824, John Cadbury moved to Birmingham and opened his first shop selling tea, coffee, hops, mustard and cocoa. His drinking chocolate became a hit with the English elite, and through experimentation, and a lot of taste testing he developed a chocolately range of drinks. With a stroke of genius he added hot milk and sugar to his cocoa and created today’s ultimate comfort food. By 1842, he was selling sixteen lines of drinking chocolate and cocoa in cake and powder forms.

In New Zealand, the Cadbury story began in 1868 when Richard Hudson established a biscuit bakehouse in Dunedin. Like John Cadbury, his sweet treats, mixed with a flair for marketing created a booming business. In 1884 his pioneering venture included the first chocolate and cocoa manufacturing plant in the Southern Hemisphere. In 1930 he established a partnership with Cadbury and the first Cadbury’s chocolate rolled of the production line.

Eran, Gil and I took the 75 minute Cadbury World tour. I have to confess I was a little sceptical about the whole thing, especially since I spent a good chunk of my professional life working in a manufacturing environment. I was actually shocked to find myself hanging off Dominic’s every word and giggling along with the kids in the group as we vied for chocolate treats. Hats off and hurrah to the automaton engineers and Cadbury staff who came up with such amazing processes for making chocolate; and because they had the forethought to share their workplace with us.

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Eran and Gil at Crunchy Mountain.
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Me and Cadbury NZ's first delivery truck. - A Model A Ford.