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More than a Glass and a Half

A History of Cadbury in Australia
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This richly illustrated survey of Cadbury’s in Australia includes the story of famous products like Freddo Frogs, Dairy Milk chocolate, Cherry Ripes and Bournville Cocoa. It reveals Australians’ experience of Cadbury during peacetime and war, depression and prosperity. There’s a lot in it for chocolate lovers and for history buffs. Also insights into market leadership, and a record of how the brand earnt and maintained the trust and affection of millions. The checkered and creative careers of Cadbury’s competitors add drama to the narrative. In his balanced survey of highs and lows, Robert Crawford explains how the British parent company founded its first overseas factory, in Tasmania, and how that later helped to launch Australian innovations in China, America and other countries. After a hundred years manufacturing in Australia, Cadbury’s renown is hardly surprising. But this book goes further back, to find Cadbury already a household name in Gold Rush times. It describes distribution hubs Cadbury’s operated in Australian colonies, while representatives covered the country, even travelling the outback with camels. Cadbury’s current ethos of care for the environment and social equity is traced back to the Quaker origins of the British and Australian enterprises. It’s interesting to read of the moral concerns that made Cadbury wary of being identified with the war effort and Sydney’s Gay Mardi Gras. But most interesting in this book is what it reveals about generations of Australians, their memories, and their place in the world. 

Comes from Melbourne, but lived in Sydney for many years before returning to Melbourne where he now lives with his wife and daughter. Robert Crawford is Professor of Advertising and Associate Dean of Research and Innovation in the RMIT University’s School of Media and Communication. His field includes history of communication, marketing, and business. He focusses on the growth and development of advertising, marketing, and public relations industries.Prof. Crawford’s academic books include Digital Dawn in Adland: Transforming Australian Agencies (Routledge, 2021). Behind Glass Doors: The World of Australian Advertising Agencies 1959-89 (with J. Dickenson, University of WA Press, 2016), But Wait Theres More . . .: A History of Australian Advertising (MUP, 2008). His co-edited collections include Decoding Coca-Cola (Routledge, 2021), Global Advertising Practice in a Borderless World (Routledge, 2017), and Consumer Australia: Historical Perspectives (CSP, 2010). He is also the author of over 80 book chapters, articles and encyclopaedia entries. 

Introduction  7
Chapter 1: Building an Empire  10
Chapter 2: The Tie that Binds    26
Chapter 3: Ideal Conditions  46
Chapter 4: Maintaining Morale  64
Chapter 5: Becoming Australian 80
Chapter 6: Reinventing the Purple Giant 100
Chapter 7: Uncertainties and Opportunities 120
Chapter 8: The Marvellous Creation 138
Sources of Illustrations 158
Notes   160
Acknowledgements 172
Index   173

* Nostalgic memories of generations of favourite chocolates.
* Support from Cadbury publicising the book.
* Centenary of Cadbury’s factory in Tasmania.
* A handsome book with eye catching presentation, inspired by  chocolate and wrapping.
* A proper illustrated history book with the whole story rather than marketing dept. puff.
* Cadbury plans to work the media in two bursts: pre-Easter with Easter emphasis. Post-Easter with Centenary and history emphasis. 
* Conventional book promotion by Halstead Press will seek reviews, interviews etc.
* Mondelez, owners of Cadbury, plans to promote this book in the media as a centrepiece of the Cadbury Centenary.

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