A major Mars chocolate shortage is coming
The confectioner has sincere concerns that supplies of chocolate favourites will be hit
Mars Wrigley – one of the world’s largest and most respected chocolate firms – has announced some of its most popular brands will be affected by a problem in its manufacturing processes.
The company has revealed that due to a “mechanical breakdown” at its factory, supplies to wholesalers will be hit – ultimately leading to a lack of the brand’s products on shop shelves. A bit less flamboyant than anything Roald Dahl could come up with, but far more serious.
No reason has been given for what caused the factory’s mechanical breakdown in Slough, UK, but the error means that it is now thought to be operating at less than half its maximum capacity. The news certainly means that I am far closer to a mental breakdown.
Products hit by Mars’ unimaginable catastrophe include Galaxy, Revels, Minstrels and Maltesers. Mars bars and Snickers items are believed to be being produced as normal. Ordinarily, Mars – the UK’s second largest chocolate manufacturer – earns around £650 million every year, but profits can be expected to take a tumble if production is unable to keep pace with demand.
At least we can all be reassured that no matter how terrible the situation becomes there will be ridiculously discounted Easter eggs filling supermarket floors for months to come.