Outgoing Cadbury chairman Roger Carr has blamed hedge funds for effectively forcing the sale of the iconic UK confectioner.

Carr told Oxford University’s Saïd Business School that hedge funds – which held a 30% stake in the Dairy Milk maker – wielded too much influence in hostile takeover bids.

He said the backing of 60% of shareholders should be required for a bid to be successful, according to The Times, rather than the current benchmark of 50.1%.

Carr last week confirmed that he would be stepping down as Cadbury chair in the wake of its £11.7bn takeover by Kraft Foods, alongside departing chief executive Todd Stitzer – who is in line for a multimillion-pound windfall as direct result of the sale.

Yesterday Kraft confirmed that up to 400 jobs could go as a result of its decision to close Cadbury’s facility at Somerdale – reneging on an earlier pledge to keep the plant open.

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