I Wish Everyone Protested Over Takeovers By Stopping Buying Products

@Janey1966 (24141)
Carlisle, England
May 27, 2012 7:10pm CST
I read articles all the time regarding takeovers of big companies (the hostile takeover of Cadbury by Kraft is a good example) and people will leave comments underneath about how wrong it all is but I should imagine only a small proportion of them protest by NOT BUYING CADBURY PRODUCTS ANYMORE. It's the same with Weetabix, sold to (I think) 40 countries worldwide. Currently, it is made right here in the UK but it is now owned 60% by the Chinese. As soon as I heard this news I said to John, "Right, that Weetabix pack you bought me is the last one I have in this house. From now on I shall eat Corn Flakes!" I don't trust them you see; I reckon they want their hands on our wheat..there's definitely something sinister about it. My ban is significant as I've been eating Weetabix every day for quite some time..but I'm not anymore. Today was the day John brought back some Corn Flakes and yes, they're American but Kellogg's has ALWAYS been American, that's my point. If the Chinese interfered with that company I'd do the same thing...ban it! I have nothing against the Chinese people; it's the PRINCIPLE of it. It's all about money and power and not at all about jobs. Cadbury is in the hands of Kraft (from America, of course) who promised no job cuts and what did they do? Shut a factory down in England that was supposed to be safe. So, I'm right about these takeovers. In the long-term they do no good. If a company like Cadbury and Weetabix were losing money and were desperate for investors, well, that's different but BOTH of them were doing very well all by themselves, thank you very much. Which is why I'm sticking to my guns. After all, I'm not going to make much difference to their profits am I? Oh, by the way, the grand-daughter of the Cadbury clan has set her own company up by selling her £30 million mansion. She was against the Kraft takeover from the start but could do nothing about it..but now she can..and I'll be the first to buy her bars of chocolate when she's up and running!
4 responses
@WakeUpKitty (8698)
• Netherlands
28 May 12
I am afraid this won't work unless you are willing to be as much self providing and so are other people. Since no matter what product you buy.. they are all owned/produced by the same 5 or 7 factories/companies. It's the same with shops, worldwide most of them are all owned by the same organisations/companies. It means you have to pay the price they ask for, they are able to buy in big amounts and cheaper as the small shopkeeper. Now with the bad economics everywhere (worldwide) we need some saviours, till now it seems only the Chinese can. You can be against it but will that be of any help? It's a sign we do something wrong since they are succesful and we are not. Never wondered how come most of their shops, restaurants etc are sucessful and ours are not?
@Janey1966 (24141)
• Carlisle, England
28 May 12
My argument is Cadbury had been existing quite nicely for over 100 years and know a thing about chocolate and how it is made. Why have Kraft take it over when there was no need? If there was a need, fair enough but there wasn't. The management have been seduced by money at the expense of some of the workforce that have lost their jobs. The same thing happened with HP Sauce which is now made exclusively in the Netherlands and they have the darn cheek to have "By Appointment of Her Majesty the Queen" on it. Not their Queen..ours!
@ladym33 (10990)
• United States
28 May 12
I see what you are saying it is the principle of it. I think we let far to many companies and even the government walk all over us. I hate to see small companies taken down by the giants, it ruins the competitive nature of those businesses and in the end only hurts us the consumer. If a large corporation has no competition it is pretty much free to charge what ever it wants. Protest on.
@Janey1966 (24141)
• Carlisle, England
28 May 12
I believe the chocolate bars are smaller now and people are paying more for them. This is why I hope the Cadbury lady (going independent) is successful in her endeavours. It will be like starting again. One thing puzzles me though. Kraft are allowed to keep the Cadbury name but the grand-daughter will probably have to think of something else. That doesn't seem right to me.
@petersum (4525)
• United States
28 May 12
Oh no! Chocolate will taste like plastic cheese!!! How I hated Weetabix as a kid! Seriously, it is about time some of these industrialist, millionaire families started to invest their money again. Just because their grandparents started a business, today's generation should not sit idle. Let them prove their breeding and start some brand new business ventures.
@Janey1966 (24141)
• Carlisle, England
28 May 12
Kraft make that godawful Philadelphia "cheese" and it wouldn't surprise me if that goo is going in the chocolate.
@ElicBxn (61137)
• United States
28 May 12
I would agree. I suggest instead of corn flakes, try Special K, its rice.
@Janey1966 (24141)
• Carlisle, England
28 May 12
I don't like Special K..the rice thing might be the reason why!
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