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Kraft had needed to reach 75% of the shares in order to be able to delist Cadbury from the stock market and fully integrate it as part of Kraft.
This was achieved on 5 February 2010, and the company announced that Cadbury shares would be de-listed on 8 March 2010.
The management explained that existing plans to move production to Poland were too advanced to be realistically reversed, though assurances had been given regarding sustaining the plant.
Staff at Keynsham criticised this move, suggesting that they felt betrayed and as if they have been "sacked twice".
Kraft, which issued a statement stating that the deal will create a "global confectionery leader", had to borrow £7 billion (US.5bn) in order to finance the takeover.
The Hershey Company, based in Pennsylvania, manufactures and distributes Cadbury-branded chocolate (but not its other confectionery) in the United States and has been reported to share Cadbury's "ethos".
More than 2,000 of Cadbury's male employees joined the British Armed Forces, and to support the British war effort, Cadbury provided chocolate, books and clothing to the troops. It was operated by Cadbury between 19 to process locally collected milk and produce "chocolate crumb" which was transported to Cadbury's in Bournville. Cadbury soon expanded its product range with Flake (1920), Creme eggs (1923), Fruit and Nut (1928), and Crunchie (1929) (originally under the Fry's label).
By 1930 Cadbury had become the 24th-largest British manufacturing company as measured by estimated market value of capital.
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.This sale included factories at Pontefract, Cleckheaton and York and a distribution centre near Chesterfield, and the transfer of around 800 employees.In mid-2009 Cadbury replaced some of the cocoa butter in their non-UK chocolate products with palm oil.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').On 19 January 2010, it was announced that Cadbury and Kraft Foods had reached a deal and that Kraft would purchase Cadbury for £8.40 per share, valuing Cadbury at £11.5bn (US.9bn).