Nestle is renaming popular two of its iconic Australian lollies in a bid to avoid “marginalising” people.
The confectionery giant has announced it will change the name of Chicos and Red Skins because of fears they could be offensive to some people.
“This decision acknowledges the need to ensure that nothing we do marginalises our friends, neighbours and colleagues,” A Nestlé spokeswoman said.
“These names have overtones which are out of step with Nestle’s values, which are rooted in respect.
“While new names have not yet been finalised, we will move quickly to change these names.”
Red Skins chewable lollies and Chicos chocolate jelly lollies have been on confectionery shelves across Australia since the 1970s.
This announcement comes a week after South West craft brewer Colonial Brewing Co announced it was considering rebranding after a boutique bottle shop chain boycotted its products.
Melbourne’s Blackhearts and Sparrows said it would no longer stock the brewery’s products because Colonial was a “problematic word that speaks to a broader history of colonialism and colonisation that has caused irreversible harm to the First Nations people in Australia and Indigenous populations around the word”.
Founded in Margaret River in 2004, Colonial Brewing Co pumps out more than 4.5 million litres of beer each year in WA and Victoria, said it had been looking at the rebrand for the past six months.
The company said it had “never endorsed colonialism”.
Colonial managing director Lawrence Dowd said that the brewer “shouldn’t be hung out to dry just on our name” and has been backed by WA’s leaders.
Premier Mark McGowan said it would be “unnecessary” and “taking it a bit far” for Colonial beer to be removed from bottle shops or renamed.
Opposition Leader Liza Harvey said the controversy represented “cancel culture” going too far.