Not so Bounty-ful: chocolate bar to change into newest casualty of supply-chain chaos, as Russian maker reportedly warns of shortages

Confectionery large Mars has reportedly warned one in every of its top-selling bars faces shortages in Russia after excessive demand and a fall in provide of uncooked supplies, sparking fears for well-liked candy treats amid disruption throughout Europe.

The chocolate large, which additionally produces much-loved candies together with Snickers, M&M’s, Maltesers, 3 Musketeers and Milky Way, is claimed to have cautioned that prospects of its Bounty-brand bar might see a scarcity over the approaching months following a potential lack of coconut flakes, that are very important for manufacturing of the tropical-inspired snack.

At the identical time, in an inner doc reportedly seen by Moscow’s Kommersant, the Russian arm of Mars warned a couple of “forced restriction” of provides underneath the Bounty model. The letter additionally says that regardless of the elevated demand for the chocolate bar outweighing a shortfall within the yield of uncooked supplies wanted for manufacturing, the corporate’s warehouses needs to be totally replenished with inventory by mid-October.

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Market analysis group Euromonitor International estimated that in 2020 round 1.1% of the full confectionery-market section in Russia was occupied by Bounty, with gross sales of about 4.98 billion rubles. The identical yr, the full income for Mars within the nation was 139.5 billion rubles.

This will not be the primary time in recent times that the Mars firm has confronted points with shopper provide. In March 2020, the chocolate manufacturing facility within the UK producing the nation’s favorite Mars merchandise was hit by a mechanical glitch, which got here solely a month after the confectionery conglomerate recalled batches of its Revels model chocolate treats following reviews that they may have contained items of metallic.

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The most up-to-date impediment to hit the corporate comes after a poor harvest of coconut chips. Analysts say that typhoons on the planet’s second largest producer of coconut, the Philippines, broken round 49 million bushes used for harvest, which might have a knock-on impact over the following two to 3 years. Mars has performed down the potential for shortages on the buyer finish.

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