Nestlé sells off confectionery brands in New Zealand

Nestlé is selling off toffees, licorice and other confectionery in New Zealand.

The company is saying goodbye to lollies, but it’s staying in the business of producing chocolate and baking goods for the New Zealand market.

RJ’s in New Zealand will purchase the Mackintosh’s, Heards, Oddfellows, Black Knight and Fabulicious Red Licorice brands from Nestlé.

The completion of the sale is expected to happen on the 31st of August.

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Where possible, RJ’s intends to continue the manufacture of these brands in New Zealand, with plans to be finalised in the coming weeks.

Nestlé will also sell the Life Savers brand to Darrell Lea in Australia.

The sale of these brands will result in up to 55 redundancies from Wiri factory, but RJ’s is helping to identify opportunities for redundant workers.

Earlier in July, Nestlé announced it was committed to using certified sustainable palm oil in all its products by 2023.

Nestlé’s global head of responsible sourcing Benjamin Ware said transparency in Nestlé’s supply chain had always been a priority.

“Nestlé has always been committed to implementing responsible sourcing and has made significant progress towards our commitment to using fully responsibly sourced palm oil,” he said.

“Nestlé supports RSPO’s role in driving industry wide change and appreciates its decision following the submission of our action plan, which focuses on increasing traceability primarily through segregated RSPO palm oil,” said Ware.

The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil reinstated Nestlé’s membership following its time-bound action plan to achieve 100 per cent RSPO certified sustainable palm oil.


Blackberry & Cream crowned Allen’s Fruit & Cream of the Crop

Allen’s has welcomed a new Fruit & Cream of the Crop to its lolly line-up. Australians officially chose the Blackberry & Cream to join favourites Strawberries & Cream and Peaches & Cream in Allen’s Fruits & Cream Mix, launching exclusively at Woolworths this February.

The announcement follows a nationwide vote that saw luscious Blackberry & Cream go head-to-head with runners-up, juicy Apple & Cream and on-trend, zesty Yuzu & Cream.

Nestlé General Manager – Confectionery, Martin Brown, said the search to find the Allen’s Fruit & Cream of the Crop showcased the passion of lolly enthusiasts and attracted more entries than ever before.

“What better way to decide on a new Allen’s lolly than with the help of the nation! The final addition to the new Allen’s Fruits & Cream Mix has been chosen by our fans – the never-been-tasted, by the public, Blackberry & Cream is sure to put smiles on faces when it arrives in store next month.

“We can’t wait for our lolly lovers to taste this latest flavour in the Allen’s line-up. And no matter how you like to eat your Fruit & Cream – fruit or cream first, or all in one go – it’s sure to be truly delicious,” Mr Brown said.


Allen’s invites Australians to pick favourite lolly

A line-up of three new fruit and cream flavours are auditioning to become the Allen’s Fruit & Cream of the Crop, and it’s up to lolly lovers across the country to have their say and pick the winner.

Allen’s is calling on fans nationwide to cast their vote at and decide which delicious flavour will be launched alongside much-loved Strawberries & Cream and Peaches & Cream, in an all new Fruits & Cream Mix. Fans have one week to select the lolly that will take centre stage.

The annual Allen’s vote follows last year’s search for a remixed classic which saw Ginger Cats, Choc & Cream and Funny Teeth go head-to-head. Receiving overwhelming support, Choc & Cream ultimately took out first place. In 2016, Allen’s lolly aficionados were also invited to decide which jelly would go solo in its own bag, with Peaches & Cream crowned the winner – proving that locals absolutely love their creamy lollies.

Nestlé General Manager Confectionery, Martin Brown, said that Allen’s always likes to hear from its fans to ensure that the sweets they produce continue to create smiles for all lolly lovers.

“We have spent months perfecting the potential new flavours of Apple & Cream, Blackberry & Cream and Yuzu & Cream, ensuring that each has just the right balance of a juicy dollop of fruit flavour on top of a creamy vanilla base,” he said.

Choc & Cream voted Allen’s next lolly

Over 20,000 Australians have voted in a national vote and chosen Choc & Cream as Allen’s next lolly.

A soft dollop of chocolate flavoured jelly on top of a creamy vanilla flavoured base, the Choc & Cream has its own flavour that’s different to the company’s Chicos.

Fans around the country won’t have to wait long as the Choc & Cream lolly will be available exclusively in Woolworths from late March.

The company pitted three remixed classics against each other for the vote – Funny Teeth, a twist on classic Teeth, Ginger Cats, a sweet and spicy ginger twist on classic Black Cats and the winning Choc & Cream, a new twist on old favourite Strawberries & Cream.

With 46 per cent of total votes, Choc & Cream had the slight edge over Funny Teeth, but a huge jump on the polarising Ginger Cats throughout the two-week voting period.

Last year, Australia voted to see Peaches & Cream go solo in its own pack. The new solo edition has proven so popular that the limited edition run has been extended indefinitely.

Australia to choose Allen’s next lolly

Allen’s fans will have the sweet power of choice in a national vote to determine which fan favourite lolly remix will hit the shelves.

Three iconic lollies have been given a colour and flavour remix – but only one will be launched. Over the next two weeks, it’s up to Australia to decide.

The three remixed classics up for voting are:

  • Funny Teeth: A twist on classic ALLEN’S Teeth, Funny Teeth feature the delicious flavours of crisp apple-mint, summery pineapple-mint and the original vanilla-mint
  • Choc & Cream:  A soft dollop of chocolate flavoured jelly on top of a creamy vanilla flavoured base, Choc & Cream is a new twist on old favourite ALLEN’S Strawberries & Cream
  • Ginger Cats: A sweet and spicy ginger twist on classic ALLEN’S Black Cats

Funny Teeth and Choc & Cream were among the favourite limited edition lollies featured at Australia’s first-ever ALLEN’S Lolly Bar, which ran for four weeks in Sydney in the lead up to Christmas, while Ginger Cats are a brand new lolly.

“Each lolly has its own unique taste. Those who like crisp flavours will love the refreshing mint combinations of Funny Teeth, chocoholics will go crazy for Choc & Cream and ALLEN’S may prove that orange is the new black with sweet and spicy Ginger Cats,” says Nestlé General Manager Confectionery Martin Brown.

Last year, more than 22,000 Australian’s voted to see ALLEN’S Peaches & Cream go solo in its own pack. The new solo edition has proven so popular that the limited edition run has been extended indefinitely.

Australia’s choice will be announced on February 8, and will be available exclusively in Woolworths from late March.

This Easter, Bunnies are out but Bilbies are in

Australian sweet specialists, Fyna Foods, is encouraging Aussies to ‘ban bunnies’ and instead support native wildlife this Easter, unveiling a newly refreshed Australian Bush Friends chocolate range in partnership with the Save the Bilby Fund.

For the fourth year running, the partnership will see up to 30 cents from the sale of each specially-marked Australian Bush Friends pack going to the country’s most iconic endangered marsupial, the Bilby, with potentially as few as 400 – 600 left in Queensland, where Save the Bilby Fund focuses its work.

The much-needed funds raised will continue to contribute to ongoing conservation efforts to prevent extinction, including support for the population of captive-bred Bilbies, relevant academic research, and expansion and support of the national recovery program.

According to Fyna Foods CEO, Gillian Powell: “We are delighted to continue our partnership with Save the Bilby Fund and believe the launch of our newly rebranded Australian Bush Friends range will help to bring the focus back to Australian wildlife this Easter, whilst providing a year-round awareness about the importance of protecting this endangered native animal.”

The new range will introduce ‘The Gang’ of five unique edible characters: Billy the Bilby, Chrissy the Koala, Anna the Kanga, Tom the Frog and Terry the Tasmanian Devil.

“As an Australian-owned company, this cause really resonates with Fyna Foods. We raised over $33,000 last year and are dedicated to raising the bar even higher in 2016,” Powell said.

Save the Bilby Fund CEO, Kevin Bradley, said: “It is wonderful to once again have the support of Fyna Foods to help ensure this unique and iconic Australian animal lives on by putting our precious wildlife at the front of mind, not only at Easter, but every day of the year. We are determined to see our Bilbies remain for future generations.”

New confectionery capabilities from tna at Prosweets 2016

One feature of the ProSweets 2016 exhibition will be tna’s flagship high-speed vertical form fill and seal (VFFS) packaging machine, the tna robag FX 3ci. 

Compact and easy-to-clean, the robag system is designed to package at top speeds from a single tube with triple rotary jaw action for a wide range of confectionery products from loose sugar-coated fruit sweets to pre-wrapped chocolate-covered hazelnuts. 

As a result, this bagger ensures optimum productivity by improving performance up to 30 per cent in terms of output and reducing the number of rejects, while achieving throughput rates never before thought possible.
In addition, tna has made it even easier and more efficient to operate its robag by simplifying the film system with its revolutionary tna robag auto-splice system. 

A key feature of the robag range, the auto-splice head increases packaging efficiency and product throughput by automatically switching to a new roll, reducing the need for manual intervention. 

This helps manufacturers to reduce film wastage as well as maximise performance and cut overall costs on the manufacturing line when bagging confectionery. 
According general manager for tna Central Europe, Andre Tombult, “As confectionery manufacturers increasingly search for fully integrated turnkey solutions, industry-leading technology and first-class service are of the upmost importance.”

Violet Crumble gets pulled off shelves

Nestlé Australia says that it has decided to voluntarily withdraw Violet Crumble 50g bars from sale because of a very small number of bars being underweight. 

According to the company, the production process for making Violet Crumble is similar to the recipes you make at home – every one comes out slightly different. Honeycomb needs a lot of TLC as it is very brittle and breaks easily during the production process.

Nestlé manages these breakages by producing product with an average weight well in excess of 50g. 

The company identified that a very small number of broken bars have been making it through their detection machines at Nestle’s factory in Melbourne and have been released for sale.

“We are working hard right now to ensure that all Violet Crumble bars comply with Federal Government regulations on net weight. We hope to return our Violet Crumble 50g bars to sale as quickly as possible,” the company said.

Sweet Aussie favourite makes a comeback

After more than a decade away from our shelves, by popular demand ALLEN’S Jelly Tots are making a comeback.

ALLEN’S Jelly Tots –– last sold in Australia in 2004 – have been re-launched and revamped, this time with no artificial colours and with portion advice on packs.

The new ALLEN’S Jelly Tots are fun and juicy mini fruit-flavoured jellies, and the all new Tangy Tots are juicy fruit-flavoured jellies, with a tangy coating on the outside.

The packs have been re-designed to feature the names of real ingredients rather than confusing numbers, as well as digital QR codes that link to more in-depth nutritional information. They join the ALLEN’S 100 per cent no artificial colours range of family favourites. 

The move is part of Nestlé’s efforts to help Australians better manage their energy intake and understand the ingredients in their food.

Accredited Practising Dietitian and Nutritionist, Nicole Senior, said redeveloping the full range of ALLEN’S confectionery with no artificial colours and clean labelling was welcome news.

“Parents are looking for more natural ingredients and they are looking for labels that they can understand,” Ms Senior said.

Ms Senior said balance and moderation were key for a healthy lifestyle, and having portion guidance on pack was a helpful tool for parents.

“Treats are OK, in moderation. It’s important to understand portions, so that you can make good decisions when it comes to the foods you eat,” she explained.

Nestlé General Manager – Confectionery, Martin Brown said the changes to the ALLEN’S range were all part of Nestlé’s ongoing initiatives to help people improve their nutrition, health and wellness. 

“At the end of last year, ALLEN’S moved to 100 per cent no artificial colours across its entire range, to give our consumers certainty that any and all of their lolly favourites include only naturally-derived colours,” Mr Brown said.

Yummy & sweet goodies from CTC Australia

Product Name: Joojoos New Range: Grizzo Gummy Bears, Blugo Berry Clouds, Ruby Red Strawberry Clouds, Fantismo Fantasy Belts, Reddy Belly Strawberry Belts, Kalula Cola Bottles Sour, Wilbo Worms Sour, Par-Tay Sour mix, Mega Snakes.


Product Manufacturer: CTC Australia

Grizzo Gummy Bears: Corn Syrup, Sugar, Gelatine, Sorbitol, Citric Acid (330), Artificial Flavours, Vegetable Oil, Carnauba Wax, Artificial Colours (102,110,129,133).
Blugo Berry Clouds: Sugar, Corn Syrup, Dextrose, Modified Starch, Gelatine, Sorbitol, Citric Acid (330), Pectin, Artificial Flavours, Sodium Citrate, Artificial Colours (133).
Ruby Red Strawberry Clouds: Sugar, Corn Syrup, Dextrose, Modified Starch, Gelatine, Sorbitol, Citric Acid (330), Pectin, Artificial Flavours, Sodium Citrate, Artificial Colours (124, 129).
Fantismo Fantasy Belts: Sugar, Wheat Flour, Corn Syrup, Refined Reconstituted Fruit Juice, Hydrogenated Soybean Oil, Acidity Regulators (296,330,331), Flavours, Iodised Salt, Emulsifiers(471),  Colours (102,129,133,171).
Reddy Belly Strawberry Belts: Sugar, Wheat Flour, Corn Syrup, Refined Reconstituted Fruit Juice, Hydrogenated Soybean Oil, Acidity Regulators (296,330,331), Flavour, Iodised Salt, Emulsifiers(471),  Colour (129).
Kalula Cola Bottles Sour: Sugar, Corn Syrup,  Gelatine, Sorbitol, Citric Acid (330), Tartaric Acid (334), Fumaric Acid (297), Artificial Flavours, Artificial Colours (150a).
Wilbo Worms Sour: Corn Syrup, Sugar, Gelatine, Sorbitol, Dextrose, Citric Acid (330), Tartaric Acid (334), Fumaric Acid (297), Pectin, Artificial Flavours, Sodium Citrate,  Artificial Colours (102,110,129,133,171).
Par-Tay Sour mix: Corn Syrup, Sugar, Gelatine, Sorbitol,  Citric Acid (330), Pectin, Sodium Citrate, Tartaric Acid, Fumaric Acid, Flavours, Colours (102,122,124,129, 133,150a).
Mega Snakes: Corn Syrup, Sugar, Modified Starch, Gelatine, Sorbitol, Gum Arabic, Citric Acid (330), Natural & Artificial Flavours, Vegetable Oil, Carnauba Wax, Artificial Colours (102, 110, 129, 133).

Shelf Life: 12 Months

Packaging: Hang Sell Bags and Display Box

Product Manager: Cameron Ogilvie

Packaging: Hang Sell Bags and Display Box

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What The Company Says: CTC Australia is re-launching their best sellers to focus on bringing consumers into a world full of fun and creativity. Featuring a range of cool, quirky characters like Par-Tay, Grizzo Gummy Bear and Fantisimo Fantasy belt, the new range is proving especially popular. The new range consists of Strawberry clouds, blueberry clouds, gummy bears, sour worms, sour cola bottles, sour party mix, fantasy belts, strawberry belts and mega snakes.