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Nestlé defends new Quality Street wrappers following Andrew RT Davies jibe

08 Jan 2024 3 minute read
Andrew RT Davies (Image: Senedd Cymru) Quality Street (Image: by Mary Hutchison CC BY2.0)

Chocolate manufacturer Nestlé has defended its new Quality Street wrappers following a disgruntled social media post from Conservative Senedd group leader, Andrew RT Davies.

On Monday (January 8), Mr Davies reposted a viral video on X of an angry woman promising to never buy Quality Street chocolates again because of the product’s new recyclable packaging.

Quality Street chocolates have been famous for their bright and colourful wrappers but in 2022, Nestlé began the move to re-introduce paper packaging similar to those which appeared in the first selection in 1936.

The introduction of the new eco-friendly paper wrappers means the waste can be recycled.

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The video of the woman who claimed her Christmas was ruined by the new packaging has racked up thousands of views and appeared to grab the attention of Mr Davies who shared it with an angry emoji and the caption: “First Labour and Plaid gave us blanket 20mph speed limits, and now this.”

Welsh Labour City and Community Councillor, John Reynolds responded to the post saying: “I wouldn’t normally repost from @AndrewRTDavies, but I’m crying with laughter and I’m now genuinely wondering if this is a parody account. It can’t be serious ……. can it???”

It’s not the first time Mr Davies has publicly hit out at a food manufacturer. In March last year, he became involved in a Twitter spat with Ben and Jerry’s after the ice cream maker posted a thread of support for vulnerable’ people crossing the Channel in small boats.

Foil

In a statement, Nestlé said the change in packaging was a “positive step”.

A Nestlé spokesperson said: “We’re really proud of Quality Street’s paper wrappers. We’ve worked really hard to create recyclable wrappers that maintain the traditional, colourful look that Quality Street is known for.

“The single paper wrap, which was initially introduced to the Quality Street tins in 2022, replaced the double-layer cellulose and foil wrappers, removing almost two billion pieces of packaging material from the supply chain.

“Quality Street has been around for more than 85 years and a big change like this will always attract attention but we think this change is a really positive step and well worth it. We want to assure people that it’s still the same great tasting Quality Street sweets that they know and love inside the paper wrappers.”


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Jeff
Jeff
1 month ago

So, the bloke that is named as part of a committee that published a plan in June 2019 to combat plastic pollution doesn’t have a clue.

Figures. I read his input in one committee and it was clueless (on the senedd site somewhere).

We had a tin with the new wrappings and applaud the move and managed to find the chocolates within. What’s not to like. Unless you are twp.

hdavies15
hdavies15
1 month ago
Reply to  Jeff

It’s the poor quality of the chocs he should attack not the wrappings.

Jeff
Jeff
1 month ago
Reply to  hdavies15

Cant remember if any were bad, they all gone nom nom nom…..

Malcolm Jones
Malcolm Jones
1 month ago

This total idiot has cost the Welsh economy millions by spreading the total lies that everyone in Wales can’t drive more than 20mils per hour wherever they are in Wales with the blanket 20mils per hour how many people have not traveled to Wales thinking that they can’t face that on a long trip into Wales for a weekend away..And how many people has he stopped investing in Wales?? He his one of Wales worst enemy

Aled Rees
Aled Rees
1 month ago

Dear god.has R2D2 nothing better to do.?

David RJ Lloyd
David RJ Lloyd
1 month ago

sadly davies has the mental capacity of a foil sweet rapper & should be disposed of in the usual non biodegradable outdated way, sad little nomad

Ap Kenneth
Ap Kenneth
1 month ago

While the cellulose wrappers were bio-degradable over time the aluminum certainly was not and how many tonnes of that valuable metal has been dumped over the decades in the form of those tiny wrappers. It is a good move and surely a simpler wrapper lets RTD get to the meat (or sweet) of the issue in double quick time?

Catherine
Catherine
1 month ago

sometimes I wonder if he isn’t some kind of plant, not in that he’s a dope, but in the sense that perhaps Plaid have trained up one of their own and planted them in the Welsh Tories and its gone really well. One day in the Republic of Cymru there will be a statue of Agent R.T Davies the man who infiltrated the Tory party and in a series of well-timed publicity goofs managed to help undermine the Tories ever further until they wished themselves out of existence.

Jessica Mali Flynn
Jessica Mali Flynn
1 month ago
Reply to  Catherine

“I wonder if he isn’t some kind of plant”

That’s an insult to Day of the Triffids.

Marc
Marc
1 month ago
Reply to  Catherine

If he is a plant, he must be a carrot, or moron in Welsh

Evan Aled Bayton
Evan Aled Bayton
1 month ago

The chocolates are smaller than they used to be and the selection is uneven with a predominance of what I suspect are the cheaper ones. Like lots of confectionery the reduction in size and changes make it less enticing. The worst example is revels which have reduced in number and variety to the point where it is not worth buying them. This process applies to other foods such as Kraft cheese slices and triangles which have been reformulated to be a nasty sticky mush impossible to get out of the wrapping. Coleman’s Mustard has been reduced in strength from about… Read more »

Nolan David
Nolan David
1 month ago

You’re ok, no mustard, Revels or cheese slices in Quality Street.

Peter Cuthbert
Peter Cuthbert
1 month ago

Just look at their annual accounts and notice that they have used the current inflationary period to pump up their margins, not to mention lowering the quality. The incoming Starmer Government would do well to put in place a profiteering tax based on the amount by which companies have increased their margins. Easy to do and impossible to avoid.

Huw
Huw
1 month ago

Dinosaur Davies strikes again

Gareth
Gareth
1 month ago

Little things please little minds.

karl
karl
1 month ago

Blank what again. People vote for this fool, someone have a word if you know someone who did. His kind of liar politics are preventing real good happening. He really is taking the populism of certain brexit criminals and running with it.

Welsh_Siôn
Welsh_Siôn
1 month ago

Wrap it up, R2D2!

Richard E
Richard E
1 month ago

Well donr to Andrew. On the money again with his finger on the public pulse of key issues effecting the Welsh public ✔️

Never mind high energy bills, post office scandels, wars in Gaza and Ukraine etc – his keen mind is 100 per cent on the main local community talking points 👏🏼

Y Cymro
Y Cymro
1 month ago

Besides Andrew RT Davies repeating the blatant lie about the 20mph blanket ban, he’s now attacking Quality Street for its wrappers? Is there no one or thing safe from his interference? What’s next is on his bah humbug to-do list? The delicious Jammy Dodgers biscuits. To him are they the favoured snack of the workshy benefit cheat. What about Camp Coffee. Is it the preferred beverage of the Cardiff bay woke Gay liberation contras rebels who are fighting against British values and further devolution from their base in the Black Mountains. Are bananas bent because they refuse to conform to… Read more »

Last edited 1 month ago by Y Cymro
Nobby Tart
Nobby Tart
1 month ago

Someone please help that poor woman.
Get her to a Wetherspoons immediately, so she can be consoled by like minded people.

Jeff
Jeff
1 month ago
Reply to  Nobby Tart

Ahhhh Weatherspoons, where they serve Gammon………

Last edited 1 month ago by Jeff
Steve Woods
Steve Woods
1 month ago
Reply to  Jeff

And do so in ounces; none of that continental metric nonsense. 😉

Charles Coombes
Charles Coombes
1 month ago

Boycott Nestle.

Peter Cuthbert
Peter Cuthbert
1 month ago

RTD should and then he might get a little bit slimmer, and perhaps a touch fitter.

cablestreet
cablestreet
1 month ago
Reply to  Peter Cuthbert

But will it make him brighter?

A john
A john
1 month ago

Is this Tory leader fit for purpose, I mean with all the serious issues affecting Wales and his priorities and concerns are for the wrapping of sweets. The bloke is a joke.

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