Aussies vow to boycott Snickers after learning the chocolate bar is made in CHINA – but manufacturer insists the move is not permanent
- TikTok video revealed Snickers is manufactured in China turning consumers off
- Number of social media users said they will now no longer eat the chocolate bar
- Snickers is just one of many chocolate bars made by manufacturer giant Mars
- Much-loved 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 be boycotting the brand for good.
The video was uploaded to the social media site by Jeremy Toh after he made the discovery while shopping at a Woolworths on Sunday.
Footage shows a variety of chocolate bars stacked on the shelves at the supermarket before the camera pans up to a box of Snickers.
‘Did you know your Snickers are no longer made in Australia?’ a voiceover says.
The man grabs a chocolate bar before turning it over and aiming the camera at the packaging where it is revealed the bar is made in China.
A spokesperson from Mars Wrigley – which manufactures the bar – said the company had to temporarily source the product from China while their facility at Ballarat, in regional Victoria, underwent a multi-million dollar upgrade.
They also said the Australian facility will begin to produce the bars later in the year and the locally-made product will hit supermarket shelves by next year.
A TikTok video revealing that Snickers is made in China is turning Australians off the chocolate bar who say they will be boycotting it for good
The TikTok video has already sparked outrage, with many Australians declaring they will no longer be buying the chocolate bar.
‘No more Snickers for me now,’ one person said.
Another person commented: ‘Never buying one of those again’.
Snickers is produced by the country’s second largest confectionary manufacturer Mars.
The confectionary giant – which also has brands including Maltesers, Twix and M&Ms – imports a number of their products from China, Egypt and as far away as the Netherlands.
Chocolate manufacturer Mars prompted outrage from customers for making some of their most popular brands in China (pictured M&Ms blocks, which are made in China)
An investigation by Daily Mail Australia found while some Mars products were made in Australia, others were manufactured in Egypt, China (right) and the Netherlands
A spokesperson for the company last year said no local jobs had been lost as the production of Snickers was temporarily moved to a facility in Jiaxing, near Shanghai.
The spokesperson said the company continued to support Australian made products and workers.
‘Mars Wrigley is proud of the role we play in creating regional jobs and contributing to local economies, and have a strong track record in upskilling, training and retaining our Associates (employees),’ they said.
‘We apply consistent quality standards at all our global manufacturing facilities to make sure we produce high quality products with world-class food safety and in full compliance with regulatory requirements.’
Twix bars for the Australian market are produced in Egypt – where Mars has invested $83million to build a production line in Cairo.
Maltesers and M&Ms bars – which were launched globally in 2013 and 2017 – are made in China, although the classic ball-shaped Maltesers are still made at Mars’ Ballarat facility in Victoria.
Mars Australia’s Twix bar is also made in Egypt before being imported to the company’s Australian facility in Ballarat, Victoria
WHERE YOUR MARS CHOCOLATE BARS ARE MADE
Maltesers chocolate bag – Australia
Maltesers Teasers bar – China
Bounty – The Netherlands
Twix – Egypt
Pods – Australia
Snickers – China
M&Ms bag – Australia
M&Ms bar – China
Mars bar – Australia
Maltesers Buttons – Australia
Based on a standard supermarket shelf at a Sydney Coles