Australians will farewell to the iconic chocolate-covered caramels famed for movie star stories on the wrappers, Fantales by Nestlé, with plans announced to cease producing the lollies next month.
The decision follows declining sales and the need for significant upgrades to continue to make Fantales at Nestlé’s Melbourne confectionery factory.
Fantales were first created in 1930 – and for generations, the brand has been synonymous with the movies, with its famous ‘fan tales’ of actors and musicians on its wrappers.
The last production of Fantales will be in mid-July, with Fantales available for sale while stocks last.
Nestlé Oceania Confectionery general manager Andrew Lawrey said, “We know our decision to stop making Fantales will be sad news for many people.
“Many of us grew up with Fantales and have fond memories of them. Despite the sense of nostalgia Fantales evoke, unfortunately people simply aren’t buying them as often as they used to.”
“In addition, our Fantales equipment needs significant investment. It’s become increasingly difficult to get the parts we need to maintain it, and with declining sales, replacing it isn’t viable,” Lawrey added.
“While investment in the future of Fantales is not sustainable, we’re continuing to invest in our other Allen’s lollies, including fan favourites such as Snakes Alive, Party Mix and Minties.”
As the factory continues to grow, all staff from the Fantales production line will move to other roles within the factory.