UK: Mars Inc's Wrigley readies Skittles relaunch

By Michelle Russell | 27 November 2012

The new Skittles bags will launch in January

The new Skittles bags will launch in January

Mars Inc's Wrigley is to relaunch its Skittles confectionery brand in the UK in the New Year with a range re-design and an extra product.

The GBP5m relaunch will see the company launch a Skittles Confused variant, whereby the colour of the Skittle doesn't match the flavour inside, the confectioner said. The re-design will involve the brand's rainbow being turned upside-down on pack.

The activity represents the largest ever UK brand investment for Skittles and will be supported by in-store activation, mass outdoor sampling, targeted digital and social media engagement, and a GBP3m TV ad campaign.

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Skittles®, the UK's fastest growing major Fruit Confectionery brand, is turning confectionery on its head with a £5m brand re-launch. Already smashing records, with value sales up by 31%1, Skittles® is set to bowl retailers over from January with a complete range re-design and the launch of an exciting new product...

As part of the re-launch, the range re-design will see the iconic Skittles® rainbow flipped upside-down on pack, as well as the launch of new Skittles® Confused - the brand's most exciting, heavily invested and, err, confused NPD to date. Available in 55g bag and 175g pouch formats, the colour of the new Confused Skittle doesn't match the flavour inside, surprising consumers every time!

The activity represents the biggest UK brand investment for Skittles® EVER and will be supported by a fully integrated through-the-line marketing drive. This will comprise eye-catching in store activation, mass outdoor sampling, targeted digital and social media engagement, as well as a £3m TV ad campaign. Set to hit screens in March, a new TV ad will run alongside the iconic ‘Touch' TVC to exclusively support new Skittles® Confused.

Matt Austin, Wrigley Confections Business Unit Director, comments: "Confused? We're not. 10 million Skittles® are already eaten every day in the UK2, and this re-launch is going to excite retailers and consumers alike.

"Research tells us consumers want more from their sweets - they want to be entertained and that's exactly what we're giving them. With Skittles® Confused consumers will be expecting the unexpected with every chew, while the only thing retailers can expect is greater sales and profits".

For more information on the re-design and NPD, or to request point of sale material for your store or depot, please arrange a visit from your local Wrigley representative by calling 01752 752 094 or visiting


Original source: Mars Inc

Sectors: Confectionery, Multichannel, NPD & innovation

Companies: Mars Inc, Wrigley

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