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Report - Terrys of York March 2011

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by Tassadar, Apr 3, 2011.

  1. Tassadar

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    Visited with Tcake, Thestig and Nic81 great day out and awesome place, bumped into the awesome Hidden Shadow and NickUK on the top floor too (cheers for leaving locks in appropriate places..u know what i mean)And addition respect to thestig for lending me the 10-20

    fortune shined on us the tower was open , though those stairs scared the Sh*t outa me .


    Historys​


    The York chocolate-making operation was originally known as Bayldon and Berry's confectionery before Joseph Terry married into the family and assumed sole ownership in 1823. Soon it acquired a reputation for boldness and adventure. Terry's daring 18th-century conversation lozenges were stamped with messages such as "Do you flirt?", used as ice-breakers by the shy and inarticulate.

    The 20-segment Chocolate Apple, launched in 1926, was also a big seller until 1954, when its orange side-kick was launched. Every Chocolate Orange contained 22 cocoa beans, and the product was to spawn one of the chocolate industry's most successful advertising campaigns, in which the comedienne Dawn French battled to keep other people's hands off her own. "It's not Terry's, it's mine," she pleaded.

    The product did pretty well too, spawning a myriad of delicacies which have performed well in the UK market, including a Chocolate Orange bar, white Chocolate Orange and an orange of mini-segments.

    The Terry family was as philanthropic as York's famous Quakers, the Rowntrees, and Sir Joseph was lord mayor of York four times. Terry's bought a cocoa plantation in the Venezuelan Andes, and the twin palm trees that flanked the entrance to the clock-towered chocolate factory formed the firm's logo.

    But after the Second World War, Forté, Colgate-Palmolive, United Biscuits and Philip Morris all had a go at running Terry's, then United sold it in 1993 to Kraft, which amalgamated it with Jacobs Suchard. The writing seemed to be on the wall in 2000 when the "Terry's of York" name stamped on all products began to be phased out. Since 2002, all products have been sold as "Terry's".

    Though Britain is as sweet-toothed as ever and has topped the chocolate consumption league in the past few years, Terry's reported a decline in export volumes, found the configuration of the site to be unwieldy and announced in April last year that the factory was to close. With a 4,700-name international petition signed by fans, unions proposed a move to a smaller, more cost-effective plant in the city, and callers to a local phone-in pledged never to eat Terry's again if the factory closed.


    The closure of the Terry's factory in York, with the loss of 316 jobs,a sad day for York and chocolate , the factory closed its doors for the final time 30/9/2005

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    Thanks for looking​
     

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