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Old 4th November 2011, 13:04
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Ingredients for good health???

The MONOPOLY question is: What's in their chocolate cake???
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Old 4th November 2011, 13:11
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Be HEALTHY UKRAINE !!!

Make your own chocolate cake !!!

And pray... In the name of the Father! Son! And Holy Spirit!
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Old 13th January 2013, 13:35
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The Obituary of another British chocolate company.

Rowntree's was founded in York in 1862 by Henry Isaac Rowntree, who bought a chocolate company from the Tuke family. In 1869, he was joined by his brother, the philanthropist Joseph Rowntree. The original factory was in the centre of the City of York, by the River Ouse at Tanners Moat, but was relocated in 1906 to Haxby Road in the north of the City.
The company merged with Mackintosh's in 1969, to become Rowntree Mackintosh. Rowntree was responsible for such chocolate favourites as Kit Kat, Smarties, Aero, Fruit Pastilles and Black Magic, while John Mackintosh and Co. produced Rolo, Munchies, Caramac and Quality Street.
The same year, Hershey entered a licensing agreement with Rowntree Mackintosh to introduce Kit Kat and Rolo in the United States.
The company went public in 1987, and was the subject of a takeover battle between Nestlé and Jacobs Suchard in 1988. Nestlé eventually won control with an offer valuing Rowntree at $4.5billion. The takeover was controversial, as Nestlé was effectively protected from similar takeover attempts under Swiss law. After the Nestlé takeover, the Rowntree chocolate ranges began to use the branding "Nestlé Rowntree", before eventually the Rowntree name was dropped from the packaging altogether, except on Rowntree's Cocoa and the famous "Fruit Pastilles" and "Fruit Gums". The "Mackintosh" branding was dropped from all former Rowntree Mackintosh products, except for Mackintosh's Toffee, which retained the brandiIng.
In September 2006, it was announced that the manufacture of Smarties was to be moved abroad, causing 646 job-losses at the York factory.
I am unable to determine where the former York factory production was moved to.

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Old 19th February 2013, 12:08
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This thread illustrates how honest family created food product producers have become globalized and subject to multi-million / billion dollar conglomerate organisations. The original wholesome ingredients have often been replaced by cheaper additives to improve profitability, and the products are often shipped across borders in order to claim food subsidies, avoid taxation, or to use cheaper labour where expensive manual input is avoidable.

Whilst it is beneficial to the profiteers and shipping / trucking organisations, it is harmful to the planet in terms of the "food miles" and the transportation carbon footprint. The extended supply chain delivery time also requires more unhealthy preservatives to be put into the food to maintain its condition. Finally, if something is wrong with the product, the fact that the ingredients have passed through so many handlers and countries during its production makes any problems arising very difficult to rectify.
BBC News - Nestle removes beef pasta meals after finding horsemeat

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Old 6th October 2013, 08:47
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Nestle refused wrapper color as trademark

Since the aggressive takeover of the former British chocolate company Cadbury's by Nestle many people in Britain have stopped buying the brand. Apparently, another brand of chocolate using a similar color has appeared on store shelves and Nestle have sought to claim that the familiar wrapper color as their own trademark. However, a British court has refused Nestle the right to claim a color as a trademark:-

Cadbury's attempt to trademark Dairy Milk purple blocked | Business | theguardian.com
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Old 15th November 2013, 11:05
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Food processing in USA - more jobs to go!

Although this post does not concern chocolate manufacture, the theme is the same, the acquisition of food processors by hedge fundsand multi-national conglomerates continues.

If you have not been following this thread, I demonstrate here how traditional brands throughout countries are purchased using loaned money. The purchases acquiring the brand are usually now obliged to sell all or some of the factories in order to reduce their debts resulting from the transaction. Product production is then centralized at other plants within their control. These plants will be state of art computer controlled requiring minimum of labour. Often the product recipes are "adjusted" at this time to use cheaper synthetic ingredients to improve profitability.

It is relevant to Ukraine because the food giants Kraft, Nestle and others are now acquiring the popular traditional Ukrainian brands at a stealth pace so that the above mentioned factors also apply here.

Hundreds of local jobs are lost in this process and much of the profits now resulting from sales does not stay in host countries but can end up in places like the Cayman Islands via Wall Street or London.

If you read the attached BBC article it states that "Heinz will employ around 6,800 staff in North America after the changes come into effect". This does not mean 6800 new jobs, but it is the total number of jobs remaining within the Heinz brand production units within the USA after the latest changes.

BBC News - Heinz says three North American plants to close
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Old 28th May 2014, 15:47
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Kraft now brands under Mondelēz

Kraft foods the multi-national corporation that acquires traditional food processing companies from all over the globe in competition with its archrival Nestle, Kraft is now branding itself as Mondelēz International, perhaps because of some of its recent hostile takeovers have resulted in negative publicity.

Mondelēz International is owned by a hedge fund consortia headed by an American, Irene Rosenfeld, the daughter of a Jewish business family who escaped Germany's Nazi regime. Mondelēz International is said to have a revenue of $36 billion USD in more than 80 countries.

Mondelēz International is currently in trouble with its Malaysian chocolate consumers. The Malaysian Health Ministry carrying out routine tests on Mondelēz International "Cadbury's" chocolate has allegedly discovered traces of pork DNA within the ingredients causing outrage among Malaysia's Muslim consumers. Pork is considered ‘haram’ by Muslims and is strictly forbidden as a food.

Unhappy as I am with huge multi-national corporations who are becoming rich by finding ways of increasing their profit margins through the adulteration of products, or to divert production to cheap labour operating zones, and to avoid taxation wherever possible, I revel in their every misfortune.
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