Tempting Confectionery


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While  the British Dietetic Association and the Children’s Food Campaign are urging the Government to revisit proposals to ban unhealthy food from supermarket checkouts (see: ‘Sweets at supermarket tills are ‘fuelling obesity crisis’); over in the USA, Mars have come up with nine new products to tempt us to eat even more sugary snacks (see: ‘US: Mars lines up confectionery launches for 2014‘).

These new creations will be showcased at The Association for Convenience & Fuel Retailing Show in Atlanta in October. OK they’re being rolled-out for the US market, but they’re sure to be over here soon. Initially I thought that the ‘Fuel’ in ‘Convenience & Fuel Retailing Show’ referred to fuelling the human body, but on second thoughts it’s probably a trade show aimed at convenience stores and gas stations.

I didn’t even know that there was more than one flavour of Snickers! What on earth will ‘Birthday Cake flavour’ M&Ms (‘M&S’ is a typo in the article – not the only one) taste like?

With nine new products to sell, I wonder if any of the old ones will disappear? If not, and if the Government takes no further action on ‘unhealthy tills’, then they’ll need to build bigger checkouts.


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