Nestlé has made the “difficult decision” to discontinue two of its popular chocolate biscuit bars, and fans are gutted about it.
That’s right – whether we like it or not, it’s time to say goodbye to Breakaway bars and Yorkie Biscuits.
Breakways, in particular, have been an absolute staple of childhood snacking for countless Brits over the past couple of decades.
First manufactured all the way back in 1970, the chocolate digestive biscuit bars have made their way into many a school lunchbox, or stuffed into pockets for an on-the-go sweet treat – but as of next month, they will no longer be produced.
Nestlé says this decision has been taken due to a decline in sales, and in an effort to “make way for investment and innovation” across the company’s wider portfolio of products.
The brand says it knows fans will be “disappointed” with the choice to axe the product.
Speaking on the reason behind Breakaways being discontinued, a spokesperson for Nestlé UK & Ireland said: “We know fans will be disappointed to see it go, but it’s time for us to say goodbye to Breakaway, as we have seen a decline in the sales over the past few years, and unfortunately, we had to make the difficult decision to discontinue it.
“By saying goodbye to Breakaway, we can focus on our best-performing brands, as well as develop exciting new innovations to delight consumers’ tastebuds.”
Thankfully though, it’s not quite the end of the road just yet, as before Breakaway fans begin their grieving process, they can head to their Sainsbury’s store throughout February and March to get their hands on and stock up on the chocolate-covered biscuit bar while stocks still last.
It’s not only Breakaways that we have to part ways with either sadly, as Nestlé has also taken the decision to axe Yorkie Biscuits alongside them.
Both Breakaways and Yorkie Biscuits will stopped being produced from the end of next month / Credit: Nestlé
Somewhat less commonly-found than Breakaways, Yorkie Biscuits – which are also not to be confused with the actual Yorkie chocolate bars, which Nestlé says is “staying for good” – are another sweet treat to be discontinued due to declining sales.
But despite having to say goodbye to two nostalgic snacks, Nestlé has assured shoppers that it has “plenty of exciting new products” lined up for 2024.
The brand also announced that new hazelnut-flavoured Blue Ribbands are on the way this month.
Hitting supermarket shelves very soon, and hoping to soften the blow and fill the gap left by the two losses, the Blue Riband Hazelnut takes the classic Blue Riband bar that we all know and love, and fills it with a smooth hazelnut filling layered between the wafers.
So make sure to keep your eyes peeled next time you’re doing a big shop.
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Tesco to make Clubcard prices ‘clearer’ in stores following watchdog advice
Tesco is to start making Clubcard Prices “even clearer” in stores across the UK after a row with the leading consumer watchdog.
The supermarket‘s Clubcard loyalty scheme has more than 20 million people signed-up nationwide, making it one of the most popular of its kind on the market, by far – but over the coming weeks, members will start to see changes in the way Clubcard Prices are displayed when they’re shopping in Tesco stores.
The retailer has been advised to make the prices “even clearer” by the UK’s leading consumer watchdog.
It’s all to do with unit pricing, as Which? had said that Tesco’s decision not to display this on its Clubcard offers could, essentially, be breaking the law.
Tesco has been ordered to make Clubcard prices ‘clearer’ in stores / Credit: The Manc Group
According to BBC claims, Which? reported Tesco to the regulator, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), in June of last year, as competition rules state that unit prices could be seen as “material information”.
This means that they’re something most people would need in order to make an informed decision about how to get the best value from what they buy.
But while Tesco apparently said at the time that Which?’s claims were “ill-founded”, it looks to have changed its tune now, as the supermarket’s bosses have this week announced that unit prices will now be displayed in stores.
Consumer watchdog Which? said the supermarket could be breaking the law unless it displayed ‘unit prices’ / Credit: The Manc Group
Tesco’s UK CEO Jason Tarry said the retailer is “working harder than ever” to help make sure customers get “great value” when they shop in stores nationwide.
“We want our customers to be able to see just how well these offers stack up,” Mr Tarry said.
“If you are in store, you will now start to see that the way that we display our Clubcard Prices will not only show the total price, but also the unit price of the product (by volume or weight), to allow a direct comparison of the price per unit between the Clubcard Prices offer and the price of alternative products.”
The changes will start being introduced in all UK stores over the coming weeks / Credit: Tesco plc
Mr Tarry claims this is something Tesco’s been “planning to do for some time”, and is “pleased” the retailer is now ready to make the change.
He continued: “Over the coming weeks, these changes will appear in all our stores, as our colleagues update millions of price labels on the shelf edge, and we will also be adding these unit prices to our Clubcard Prices deals online.
“It may be just a little extra help, but we know that every little really does help at the moment.”
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Aldi launches competition to design an Easter egg that’ll go on sale in all its UK stores
Aldi has launched a brand-new competition giving people the chance to design an Easter egg that’ll go on sale in all its UK stores.
With one of the sweetest times of the year only a matter of weeks away now, the retailer is calling on budding designers and chocolate lovers of all ages and abilities to “reach for the colouring pencils” and get involved with its new “egg-stra special” competition to create your very-own Easter egg.
You could be in with the chance of seeing your design displayed on Aldi’s shelves next year.
Whether it’s a space-themed look, an under the sea special, or even a botanical masterpiece, the supermarket will select one Easter egg design to join its 2025 range.
Aldi has launched a brand-new Easter egg design competition / Credit: Aldi UK
Not only will the lucky winner see their sugary creation in Aldi stores all across the UK, but on top of that, they’ll also get the chance to go on an exclusive day-out for a unique chocolate tasting experience.
All you need is a bit of creative flair and a love for chocolate to enter.
“Launching this new competition is a fantastic chance for shoppers to deliver the Easter products they truly want to see on shelves,” Aldi UK’s Managing Director of Buying, Julie Ashfield, commented as the design competition launched this week.
“Our Easter egg range grows in variety and excitement each year, so there’s no better way to continue this tradition than collaborating with our customers to create a new Easter masterpiece.”
The winning egg design will go on sale at all Aldi’s UK stores next year / Credit: Aldi UK
Fancy sticking an entry in then?
You can get involved by downloading the drawing guideline that’s available on the dedicated ‘Design an Easter Egg’ web page here, and then sending your design to the entry email address [email protected], along with your name, age, and a brief description of why your design would make the perfect addition to Aldi’s Easter range.