Our History

Much like our products, Cadbury’s story in New Zealand is something special. Take a moment to discover what an amazing journey it’s been.

1868

Richard Hudson arrived in Dunedin and opened up his first biscuit bake house. All of a sudden, cups of tea had never tasted so good.

1884

Most would stop after a booming biscuit business. Not Mr Hudson. The confectionary legend opened what we reckon was the Southern hemisphere’s first chocolate and cocoa manufacturing plant.

1930

1930 was big. Phar Lap won the Melbourne Cup, NZ beat the British Lions and Mr Hudson and Cadbury teamed up to make New Zealand’s first bar of Cadbury Dairy Milk milk chocolate. The sweetness had landed.

1931

Now on a roll, Cadbury introduced the classic Jaffa, much to the chagrin of cinema ushers across the country.

1961

The super soft and fabulously fluffy Pinky Bars floated their way out of the Cadbury factory for the very first time. No delivery truck required.

1967

It was the summer of love – delicious chocolatey love. Cadbury Moro made its first appearance on Kiwi shelves. It proved so popular that it remains one of the top bars in the country today.

2006

How do you improve on perfection? Cadbury took a shot and came up with Moro Gold. That same year independent reports suggested that smiling in New Zealand reached an all-time high.

2012

Why was 2012 such a marvellous year? We saw the introduction of Marvellous Creations, and with it came Peanut Toffee Cookie, Jelly Crunchie Bits, and Jelly Popping Candy Beanies. Marvellous!

2014

Cadbury gained a load of new friends in 2014 - the Flavour Friends. These little guys became the face of New Zealand’s favourite chocolate.

Today

Right now (as you’re reading these words) we’re hard at work at the factory, bringing you all the classic treats and sweets every Kiwis love. It’s what we do.

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