More protests over Cadbury's outsourcing plan

Chocolate giant Cadbury's faced a fresh protest today over its controversial decision to close a UK factory, with the loss of 500 jobs, and switch production to Poland.

Residents from Keynsham, near Bristol, travelled to London to stage a demonstration outside the company's annual meeting.

Workers at the plant voted to end their campaign against closure in February, but community campaigners have vowed to fight on, even though Cadbury's has confirmed that the Somerdale site will close in 2010.

The protesters handed out chocolate bars to shareholders and gave out information detailing their arguments for keeping the factory open, including the environmental cost of transporting chocolate from Poland.

Meanwhile, Cadbury̵7;s revealed that its share of the chocolate market suffered over Easter after it held back on price cuts. But group revenues still grew by 7 per cent in the three months to March, the company said.

Cadbury's is also planning to demerge from the Schweppes softs drinks business this year.

Image: Cadbury's to outsource manufacturing to Poland

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