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Protests Push Cadbury to Drop Palm Oil from Milk Chocolate

Due to widespread consumer protests, Cadbury New Zealand will eliminate palm oil from its dairy milk chocolate products, reports the New Zealand Herald.

The candy-maker started using palm oil earlier this year as a cost savings measure, but the move resulted in a call for a boycott by environmentalists who said that palm oil production damages rainforests, reports the newspaper.

Concerns that Cadbury chocolate could be threatening orangutans led the Auckland Zoo and others to ban Cadbury products, reports Mongabay.com. The zoo said it will reinstate Cadbury’s palm oil-free chocolate as soon as it becomes available, according to the Web site.

The company said production will resume in a few weeks.

However, the protest raises questions about the palm oil industry, which has been working with green groups to establish environmental standards for palm oil production, reports Mongabay.com. Companies that have pledged to use only sources of sustainable palm oil are now questioning if these efforts are enough to win customers in markets where environmental concerns are big factors in their buying decisions, according to the article.

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2 thoughts on “Protests Push Cadbury to Drop Palm Oil from Milk Chocolate

  1. Cadbury has done the right thing and should be commended for taking action in response to consumer outrage. Hopefully more companies will begin to follow suit worldwide.

    This is especially good news for orangutans, who are critically endangered in the wild because of rapid deforestation and the expansion of palm oil plantations.

    If nothing is done to protect them, these magnificent creatures will be extinct in just a few years.

    Visit the Orangutan Outreach website to learn how YOU can make a difference!

    Adopt an orangutan today! You’ll be glad you did!

    Reach out and save the orangutans!

  2. Not only does the palm oil taste ‘orrible, but here in Singapore one needs to keep chocolate in the cooler. The replacement of cocoa butter with palm oil sees a granular texture take over to ruin smoothness, and a white blotchiness appear in less than an hour. Not so with other brands. I’m not the only one to switch away it seems: the shelf price is now S$3.90 cf. S$5.50 until recently. Customers have turned away in droves from another abuse of brand loyalty. What about rewarding, rather than dumping on, consumer loyalty?

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