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By 1930 Cadbury had become the 24th-largest British manufacturing company as measured by estimated market value of capital.During World War II, parts of the Bournville factory were turned over to war work, producing milling machines and seats for fighter aircraft. As chocolate was regarded as an essential food, it was placed under government supervision for the entire war.
Kraft, which issued a statement stating that the deal will create a "global confectionery leader", had to borrow £7 billion (US$11.5bn) in order to finance the takeover.Between 500 and 700 jobs were affected by this change.Production transferred to other plants in England and Poland.In March 2007, it was revealed that Cadbury Schweppes was planning to split its business into two separate entities: one focusing on its main chocolate and confectionery market; the other on its US drinks business.In October 2007, Cadbury announced the closure of the Somerdale Factory, in Keynsham, Somerset, formerly part of Fry's.Consumer backlash was significant from environmentalists and chocolate lovers in both Australia and New Zealand, with consumers objecting to both the taste from the cheaper formulation, and the use of palm oil given its role in the destruction of rainforests.
By August 2009, the company announced that it was reverting to the use of cocoa butter in New Zealand and Australia, although palm oil is still listed as an ingredient in Cadbury's flavoured sugar syrup based fillings (where it referred to as 'vegetable oil').
George developed the Bournville estate, a model village designed to give the company's workers improved living conditions.
Dairy Milk chocolate, introduced in 1905, used a higher proportion of milk within the recipe compared with rival products. Cadbury was a constant constituent of the FTSE 100 on the London Stock Exchange from the index's 1984 inception until the company was bought by Kraft Foods in 2010.
By 1900 the estate included 314 cottages and houses set on 330 acres (130 ha) of land.
As the Cadbury family were Quakers there were no pubs in the estate.
By 1914, the chocolate was the company's best-selling product. Better transport access for milk that was inward shipped by canal, and cocoa that was brought in by rail from London, Southampton and Liverpool docks was taken into consideration.