Cadbury chocolate factory in Dunedin set to close down next year

The Cadbury factory in Dunedin will close its plant doors next year, 1 NEWS can confirm.

Today, the factory's owner Mondelez International briefed its people on a proposal to end manufacturing operations next year, with production to move to Australian sites.

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It is not yet known what the announcement will mean for the popular tourism attraction Cadbury World.

It was closed today but will re-open tomorrow.

For more than 80 years, the Dunedin factory has produced Cadbury products for consumers in New Zealand and Australia.

Cadbury's Dunedin factory processes more than 30 tonnes of liquid chocolate a day and employs just under 300 fulltime staff and around 100 seasonal workers.

After 80 years in operation manufacturing is set to move to Australia. Source: 1 NEWS

Locals say the closure will have a crippling effect on the Dunedin economy. Source: 1 NEWS

Video: Where are the Christchurch fires located? Jack Tame explains

Firefighters are now battling a large super-fire, about 1800 hectares in size, in Christchurch.

TVNZ's Breakfast presenter Jack Tame gave a rundown of the fire, which is blazing away in Halswell area on Port Hills.

At the moment, Dyers Pass, which is the main trunk route between Christchurch's CBD and Lyttelton Harbour, is closed.

Frantic efforts are underway to stop flames reaching houses on Christchurch’s Worsley Spur. Source: Breakfast

Andrew Lynn earns husband of the year after he quickly grabbed his wife Nicky's wedding dress as they fled the Port Hills fire. Source: Breakfast

The fire is in that area.

Our Breakfast host explains the location of the fires on the city’s edge. Source: Breakfast