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Whittaker’s says that the increase in the price of its chocolate is the first two years.
Transportation and ingredient costs drive up the price of some candies, including Whittaker chocolate and Toblerone, according to manufacturers.
Wellington-based Whittaker’s announced the price increase on Facebook this week, saying it was the first increase in two years.
A spokeswoman said in a statement that the price increase was less than 5% and that would not change the size of its products.
Costs have been rising steadily since the last price hike in 2019, she said.
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“In particular, our ingredient, transportation and distribution costs have continued to increase over the past three years. “
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Local chocolate company, Whittaker’s, is expanding its manufacturing facilities in Porirua, north of Wellington, as part of an aggressive export plan. First published in April 2017.
This included higher costs for “ethically sourced” ingredients and the development of sustainable packaging, she said.
A spokeswoman for Mondelez, owner of Toblerone, Cadbury’s and Green and Blacks, said the costs of ingredients and transportation had increased.
Earlier this year, Mondelez increased the price of Toblerone by around 4% and said he should probably consider increasing the prices of other products.
“Whenever we look at prices, we take into account a variety of factors including energy, packaging, labor, transportation and ingredients,” she said.
Jim O’Malley, chairman of the Dunedin community-owned Ocho chocolate company, said a ship carrying cocoa beans was held up in Auckland ports for a week while the crew was tested for Covid-19, delaying some customer orders by about two weeks.
Other materials have increased, including the price of cardboard, due to a disruption in the supply chain, he said.
But because of its size, Ocho has not been affected in the same way as large companies, he said.
“We are trying to be more efficient in dealing with this rather than increasing the prices. We have room to go because of our scale. Big guys like Whittaker’s are already running at high efficiency.
Ocho was accumulating raw materials with longer storage time, keeping more beans on hand, O’Malley said.
“We need to start reacting to an unstable supply chain.”
Commentators on Whittaker’s Facebook post largely supported the increase.
“As long as you don’t downsize like Cadbury did” and “As long as the price is the only thing you change. Do not modify your recipes! Were typical responses.
But some were less happy. A commentator asked if workshop staff would get a pay rise.