UK: Swizzels Matlow rolls out Squashies gum line
Squashies are available in 160g bags with an RRP of GBP1.40
UK confectioner Swizzels Matlow has entered the gum category with the launch of Squashies.
The company is hoping to capitalise on the UK trend of gum-based sweets with the launch, which sees its most iconic brands - Love Hearts, Drumstick Lollies, Double Lollies and New Refreshers - transformed into a gum version.
Squashies are available in 160g bags with an RRP of GBP1.49 (US$2.39) and will be supported by a social media and marketing campaign.
Swizzels Matlow launches innovative new gum range - Squashies
Swizzels Matlow, the leading confectionery manufacturer, has announced the launch of Squashies - an exciting new gum range set to rejuvenate the market and drive category growth.
The range sees iconic, much-loved brands - Love Hearts, Drumstick Lollies, Double Lollies and New Refreshers - transformed into a softer gum version. Supported with the strapline, ‘Original Favourites Squashified', the launch is the most significant NPD for Swizzels Matlow in recent years.
The new format is set to capitalise on the trend for gum-based sweets, which is the fastest growing sector and accounts for almost 50%* of sugar confectionary value sales, whilst tapping into the strong, positive association consumers have with the heritage brands.
Sarah-Louise Heslop, Marketing Manager at Swizzels Matlow, comments, "We are thrilled to be introducing Squashies into the market and offering consumers their favourite brands in a softer version. This is our first foray into developing gum versions of our household brands and, with research showing that people love the concept and the products, we are confident the launch will be a great success."
Available in 160g bags and a 45g countline size, the new Squashies range will feature a bold, colourful and modern design for strong on-shelf stand out and to communicate the fun personality of the brand. The bags will also include a window to entice consumers to trial the product.
With the ‘Big Night In' trend popular amongst consumers, fuelled by the return of family-favourites X-Factor and Strictly Come Dancing, Squashies is sure to appeal to consumers looking for a treat to either share with the family, or enjoy on their own.
The launch is being supported by a social media and marketing campaign that includes the introduction of a free Squashies World app, a dedicated website and Facebook page, and targeted sampling.
Squashies will be available nationwide from October 2012 RRP £1.49 for a 160g bag.
Original source: Swizzels Matlow
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