Bittersweet hope for Dunedin Cadbury workers

Dunedin Cadbury workers Rainbow Confectionary
Parent company Mondelez is moving production to Australia to cut costs, putting 360 people out of work (file)

There may be some hope for the Dunedin Cadbury workers set to lose their jobs next year.

Parent company Mondelez is moving production to Australia to cut costs, putting 360 people out of work.

But a north Otago sweet factory says it may be able to help some of those affected by the factory's closure.

Rainbow Confectionary in Oamaru has recently had a capital expansion and is upping its capacity by 150 percent.

General manager Brent Baillie says they're looking for people to fill key leadership positions, and may be able to take on some of the workers.

"Part of our expansion does include the extension of our workforce and required workforce to do it - especially skilled labour in the confectionary manufacturing market."

However Rainbow will only be able to help some of the workers.

"I wouldn't want to mislead the workers at Cadbury's. There are 365 of them, so we can tell you we don't have 365 jobs."

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