Different chocolate bars are seen in a shop at Nestlé headquarters in Vevey, Switzerland. Picture: REUTERS
Different chocolate bars are seen in a shop at Nestlé headquarters in Vevey, Switzerland. Picture: REUTERS

Zurich — Nestlé will launch a ruby chocolate version of its KitKat brand in Europe next week after it made its debut in Japan and South Korea in 2018, the Swiss food group said on Tuesday.

KitKat became the first consumer brand to market the new chocolate variety developed by Barry Callebaut.

Nestlé, the world’s largest packaged food company, is pushing its confectionery creations upmarket with special innovations. The four-finger KitKat made with ruby chocolate will be available exclusively at Tesco stores in Britain from April 16 for 85p a pack.

"Following the UK launch, the product will be introduced to consumers across Europe and the Americas," it said. The Netherlands will be the next European market to get the product on April 23, a spokeswoman said.

Callebaut unveiled the ruby variety in September, creating a fourth kind of chocolate in addition to dark, milk and white. After more than 10 years of development, it is the first new kind of chocolate in decades.

Ruby chocolate is made from the ruby cocoa bean. No berries, berry flavour or colour are added to the pink-hued bar.

Alexander von Maillot, Nestlé’s head of confectionery, said the company was very pleased with the ruby product’s launch in Japan and Korea.

"The products were sold out in our KitKat Chocolatory stores within 30 minutes every day for the first week after it was launched in January," he said.

"To date, many consumers are also still visiting our stores," he said.

Reuters

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