Aussies vow to boycott Snickers after learning the chocolate bar was made in CHINA – but manufacturer insists the move isn’t permanent
- TikTok video revealed Snickers is manufactured in China, turning off consumers consumenten
- Number of social media users said they won’t eat the chocolate bar now
- Snickers is just one of many chocolate bars made by manufacturer giant Mars
- The beloved Twix bar is made in Egypt, while Maltesers blocks are made in China
A TikTok video revealing that Snickers is made in China is turning Australians off the chocolate bar who say they will boycott the brand for good.
The video was uploaded to the social media site by Jeremy Toh after he made the discovery while shopping at Woolworths on Sunday.
The footage shows a variety of chocolate bars stacked on supermarket shelves before the camera forms a box of Snickers.
“Did you know your Snickers are no longer made in Australia?” says a voice over.
The man takes a chocolate bar before turning it over and points the camera at the package where it is revealed that the bar is made in China.
A spokesman for Mars Wrigley – which manufactures the bar – said the company had to temporarily pull the product out of China while their factory in Ballarat, in regional Victoria, was undergoing a multi-million dollar upgrade.
They also said the Australian facility will begin production of the bars later this year and the locally made product will hit supermarket shelves next year.
A TikTok video revealing Snickers is made in China turns Australians off the chocolate bar who say they will boycott it for good
The TikTok video has already sparked outrage, with many Australians declaring that they will no longer buy the chocolate bar.
“No more Snickers for me now,” someone said.
Another person commented, “Never buy such a thing again.”
Snickers is produced by Mars, the country’s second largest confectionery manufacturer.
The confectionery giant – which also has brands such as Maltesers, Twix and M&Ms – imports some of their products from China, Egypt and even the Netherlands.
Chocolate maker Mars sparked outrage from customers for making some of their most popular brands in China (M&M blocks pictured, which are made in China)
An investigation by Daily Mail Australia found that some Mars products were made in Australia, while others were manufactured in Egypt, China (right) and the Netherlands
A company spokesman said last year that no local jobs were lost when Snickers production was temporarily moved to a factory in Jiaxing, near Shanghai.
The spokesperson said the company continued to support Australian-made products and employees.
“Mars Wrigley is proud of the role we play in creating regional jobs and contributing to local economies, and has a strong track record in upskilling, educating and retaining our Associates,” they said.
“We apply consistent quality standards across all our global manufacturing facilities to ensure we produce high-quality products with world-class food safety and in full compliance with regulatory requirements.”
Twix bars for the Australian market are manufactured in Egypt – where Mars has invested $83 million to build a production line in Cairo.
Maltesers and M&Ms – which launched worldwide in 2013 and 2017 – are made in China, although the classic ball-shaped Maltesers are still made at Mars’ Ballarat factory in Victoria.
Mars Australia’s Twix bar is also made in Egypt before being imported into the company’s Australian facility in Ballarat, Victoria
WHERE YOUR MARS CHOCOLATE BARS ARE MADE
Maltesers Chocolate Bag – Australia
Maltesers Teasers bar – China
Bounty – Netherlands
Twix – Egypt
Pods – Australia
Snickers – China
M&M’s bag – Australia
M&M’s bar – China
Mars Bar – Australia
Maltesers Buttons – Australia
Based on a standard supermarket shelf in a Sydney Coles