Nestlé is rebranding its Red Skins and Chicos sweets, saying that their controversial names — which feature offensive racial overtones — are “out of step” with the company’s values.
The products, which are sold in Australia, have prompted complaints for several years.
Allen’s, the Nestlé (NSRGF) brand which produces the sweets, said in a statement posted to Facebook on Tuesday that the decision to rename the products was made to avoid marginalizing its friends, neighbors and colleagues.
Red Skins are chewy, raspberry-flavored sweets, and “redskin” is a slur used to describe Native Americans. Chicos are brown, jelly snacks molded in the shape of a person, and “chico” is a Spanish word meaning “boys,” “kids” or “small.”
Allen’s said it had received comments from customers “on the need for change.”
New names for the products have not yet been finalized, according to Allen’s.
Nestlé confirmed in a stat